Badal Sircar’s Third Theatre: Feature and Functions. Swati Bhise. Research Scholar,. School of Language,Literature and Cultural Studies. BADAL SIRCAR AND THE THIRD THEATRE. The ‘s witnessed the emergence of a new theatre movement in India which moved away radically. It is through the answers to these questions that Badal Sircar succeeded in evolving his own brand of theatre — the Third Theatre. In its attempt to create an .

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Perspectives and challenges in Indian-English drama. This was very different from the eulogies that flowed generously from doyens of the theatre world in other parts.

Satabdi members during a rehearsal session at Thakurbari, Taltala, in central Kolkata. Badal Sircar’s Third Theatre.

Badal Sarkar – Wikipedia

Paschim Banga Natya Akademi. From using different actors Amrish Puri to a bunch of amateur NRIs in the US to adding Marathi poetry, body language and contemporary dance movements, he even whittled thatre play down to 90 minutes. Kanchrapara, a small town about 50km from Kolkata, is the base of the nearly four-decade-old theatre group. Self-belief mistaken as arrogance West Bengal.

Why should we deny them the chance to participate?

Also the formal bindings of the proscenium theatre was given up. The Theatre of Badal Sircar”.

The legacy of Badal Sircar – Livemint

Unable to sell their haul of gold, they retired to rest in a garden, underneath a canopy of trees formed by the other actors. Kunju Kurup Shambhu Maharaj V. Help Center Find new research papers in: So Near, Yet So Far: Often performed in “found” spaces rather than rented theatre halls, without elaborate lighting, costumes or make-up, where audience was no longer a passive, rather became participatory, it added a new realism to contemporary dramaturgyretaining thematic sophistication of social committed theatre all the while, and thus started a new wave of experimental theatre in Indian theatre.


Though he continued to hold his job tillas a playwright he rose to prominence in the s and was one of the leading figures in the revival of street theatre in Bengal. Modi renames Ross, Havelock and Neil islands in the Andamans. Yuvi auctioned for Rs 1 crore, but his work is priceless.

And when he renounced the proscenium stage sircwr embark on his first Third Theatre production, Spartacusinthe group started travelling to its audience, rather than the other way round. KolkataWest BengalIndia. He started his acting career inwhen he acted in his own play, Bara Trishnaperformed by Chakraa theatre group.

He had the courage to question himself West Bengal. Amol Palekar, who along with Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad attended the festival, said that he had done Pagla Ghoda thrice at different points theatee his career, in Marathi, Hindi and Bengali.

Badal Sircar influenced a number of film directors, theatre directors as well as writers of his time. Which is why even when we performed at poverty-stricken thirc we would go around with the chador.

Yama Shroff of the Natya Shodh management, however, refuted this. Sarkar is the subject of two documentaries, one directed by filmmaker and critic, Amshan Kumar, [21] and another A Face in the Procession by Sudeb Sinha, which was shot over two years.

The Times of India. We had quite a nice turnout with many people from Salt Lake dropping in.

The third theatre

Sacrificing theatrical props, Sircar and Satabdi reached out to new audiences. A pioneering figure in street theatre as well as in experimental and contemporary Bengali theatre with his egalitarian “Third Theatre”, he prolifically gadal scripts for sirfar Aanganmanch courtyard theatde performances, and remains one of the most translated Indian playwrights.

Third theatre involved street plays, with actors being attired no differently than the audience. Crude oil prices to direct sugar prices in A radical, political theatre had to function and proscenium, which was dependent on money and capital, lacked an independent political voice.


In the next five years of its existence the troupe performed several of his plays and had a profound impact on contemporary theatre, especially after when it started performing plays both indoors and outside amidst people, and evolved the angan manch courtyard stage and inspired by the direct communication techniques of Jatra rural theatre form, to eventually become his “Third Theatre”, a protest against prevalent commercial theatre establishment.

They are frisked and ordered around before being let into a terrace room where aircar play portrays different situations, from abject greed to ear-splitting screams from the tortured. World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: He is a proponent of sjrcar “Third theatre” movement that stood ideologically against the state. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Satabdi members would charge no fee, moving around with a chador sheet collecting voluntary contributions from villagers and city audiences. Skip to main content. As Cricket-bowlers like Kapil Dev or Walsh do not need to know the rules of Aerodynamics to swing the ball, so also language-learners do not need to yheatre the fragmented rules of grammar to distort the Gestalt effect of language as a whole.

These open-air and free performances led to his troupe travelling to nearby villages on other theagre, where it employed minimal props and improvised dialogues to involve audience further into the performance. In he had organised the Pune Badal Utsav.