It is that time of the year again and we are gearing up for the Nandikar’s 35th edition of National Theatre Festival.
Story: Dipanwita Roy
Drama and Direction: Arghya Dey Sarkar
Maa Durga leads her family life with prosperity at Kailash but this Play is all about the other members of her extended family. They are obedient companions of Gods i.e. Lion, Mouse, Owl, Peacock, Swan, etc. Poor Ganesh can never understand who is stealing his hidden foodstuffs; suddenly the Mouse offers a share of that stolen snacks and Ganesh, in no time, identifies the black hat. Ganesh decided to keep the Mouse as his obedient companion so that united they could taste all delicacies secretly. On the other side, Kartick is amazed to see an Eagle (Garuda) and a Peacock fighting fiercely. It would be of great help if Kartick could get such a warrior like Peacock as his obedient companion. This Peacock would wake Kartick up every morning. But here in arises Lakshmi’s problem. The Mouse is allegedly damaging her boxed up ten-year old clothes. Chaos is looming over Kailash. Now who will save Lakshmi’s belongings from the mischievous Mouse! Again, Saraswati has her concern as well. Every other day her quill breaks off! Where from she will get innumerable quills and hand writing seems illegible if written with a broken quill. Are Lakshmi and Saraswati going to find obedient companions as their helping hands like Ganesh and Kartick found?
At this point, Maa Durga is also facing troubles. Kartick is neglecting studies and Ganesh is becoming an eternal eater. But Maa Durga really cannot manage her daily jobs; Unlike Bengal’s richness of six seasons, Kailash only has unending winter! Mahadev never looks after anything and lives on his uprising whims. In the meantime, Narad gifted a Lion Cub to Mahadev. The minor is very idle and don’t pay any heed to Maa Durga! Now the question is who will stand beside Maa Durga when Buffalo (Mahish) will vandalize agricultural fields? How will Maa Durga transform herself into Mahishmardini (destroyer of Mahishasur, the Buffalo-Demon) without her obedient companion the Lion King!
Nandikar (Bengali: নান্দীকার) is a theatre group in India. The group has its headquarters in Kolkata in the state of West Bengal, but works around the world.
We are a 58-year-old theatre institution from Kolkata, India. We have been at the forefront of the national theatre movement since our inception in 1960. Our logo was designed by Satyajit Ray. For diversity, quality and scale of its sustained activities, Nandikar has earned a niche in the national cultural calendar.
NANDIKAR, NOT JUST A THEATRE GROUP but an Institution
Nandikar has produced about 80 Plays, performed these nearly 8500 times across the nation, featuring in all major National/State Festivals, as well as abroad. Quite a number of its productions, e.g. NatyakarerSandhaneChhatiCharitra, Tin Poysar Pala, Bhalomanush, Football, Antigone, etc., have been performed for more than 400 nights each.
National Theatre Festival, organised by Nandkar and in its 34th year now, is one of the foremost events in the theatre calendar of India.
Our theatre and communication training programs and workshops, tailor-made for actors, children, college students and corporates, are pioneering work in the field of application of performing arts in communication skill development and personality development.
We work with differently abled persons, correctional home inmates, deprived persons and residents of red light areas.