Birla Academy of Art & Culture Organized the Screening of the Documentary "Folk Theatre of Bengal"

Press Release ( - KOLKATA, India - Jul 31, 2016 - Art lovers and explorers of various cultures that want to have an essence of the cultural ethos and artistry of Bengal needs to delve into the rural folk art vertical. It is in this arena that one will find an entirely distinctive form of art and creativity thriving. It’s rustic and has an elemental charm about it. Catering to this art form Birla Academy of Art & Culture has organized the screening of a documentary film, titled “Folk Theatre of Bengal: Exploring the Fragile Existence of Theatre Groups in Rural Bengal”.  The screening of this documentary took place in the art gallery Kolkata unit on July 22nd in the evening at 6:30pm in the presence of an enthusiastic audience.

The “Folk Theatre of Bengal: Exploring the Fragile Existence of Theatre Groups in Rural Bengal” screened in Birla Academy of Art & Culture has been produced by the Eastern Zonal Cultural Groups. The script and direction of the documentary film has been given by Ashoke Vishwanathan and had duration of 55 minutes. As the subject of the film goes, this documentary highlights several nuances of the rural theatre, its play characterization, depicting of various philosophy and the like. The subject matter was rich and has earned much appreciation and accolades from the audience. Also, this documentary has also got selected for the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India.

“Nothing depicts a slice of life better than a documentary film! We were impressed with the art content and richness of story that Folk Theatre of Bengal had in it and agreed to screen it in our art gallery. Our attempt has always been to usher and promote various creative endeavours in order to highlight the creative talents that Kolkata has and welcome new and enterprising artists to get motivated and come up with their artistic works”, said a company spokesperson.

“Folk Theatre of Bengal: Exploring the Fragile Existence of Theatre Groups in Rural Bengal” directed by AshokeVishwanathan is a masterpiece in itself. The talented director over the years has offered his directorial excellence in multiple Bengali movies and has also been a national award winner. With this creative acumen, he has presented the “Folk Theatre of Bengal: Exploring the Fragile Existence of Theatre Groups in Rural Bengal” in the most sensitive and truest form, in order to present a true picture of the rural theatre form of Bengal to the audience. The screening of the documentary was a memorable event for this reputed art gallery.

About Birla Academy of Art & Culture

Established by the finest and successful industrialists Sri & Smt. B. K. Birla, the Birla Academy of Art & Culture today is one of the best art galleries not only in Kolkata, but also India. As a reputed art gallery, this organizes various creative ventures from painting exhibitions, shows on Indian textiles, music and drama workshops to screening of documentary films by talented, successful and new directors and creative artists. The art gallery also has some of the finest collections in art and artefacts.

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Contact Details

Birla Academy of Art & Culture
108 Southern Avenue, Kolkata – 700029
+T: 24666802, 24662843, 40089489


Source : Birla Academy of Art & Culture

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