Theatre lovers can now look forward to watching their favourite plays under the open sky.
Amid towering trees and manicured grass, an ‘open theatre movement’ will be launched at Rabindra Sarobar, for which a podium is being created on a mound by stage actor-cum-architect Anubha Fatehpuria. This open-air theatre complex is set to come up on a 192-acre manicured lawn, with strategically positioned lights, a 10-ft water curtain, fountains built into the stage and underground dressing rooms.
The project is apparently inspired by outdoor theatres in Europe and the historic Regent's Park in London, that has hosted countless concerts since 1914.
The curtain would rise on December 19 with a tribute to theatre great, Badal Sircar, and the release of a book on the legend. On the cards is Alokananda Roy's Balimiki Pratibha. Associated with the project are sports journalist-turned-entrepreneur Mudar Patherya, theatre personality Sumit Roy, Calcutta Classical Guitar Society and others.
Anubha’s experience as a landscape architect as well as on the stage as a performing artiste made her an ideal choice for designing the stage. Creating a stage at the lake is not easy as the structure needs to integrate with the landscape.
According to Mudar Patherya, this ‘open theatre movement’ is entirely crowd-funded. So the performances, by some of the best in the business, would be free of cost; and the performers will get paid as usual too. An added advantage would be that there would be no corporate ad banners to disrupt the sylvan surroundings. The performances would take place every Saturday.
Theatre personality Sumit Roy will curate the performances. He has called the project a boon to budding artistes; it will give a fresh impetus to theatre in the city. Staging plays on an open stage is an invigorating feeling too.
The organisers are hoping that this open-air stage would soon become the focal point of a performing arts hub.
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