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Date(s) - 12/02/2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Theatre Adda – Park Street Sessions, presents “Trunk Call “, on Friday 12 February 2016 at 7pm.
The venue is the Alliance française du Bengale,  Park Mansions, Gate 3, 2nd Floor, 57A Park Street, Kolkata 700 016.

“Trunk Call ” is a chapter of new age storytelling in the “Katha Koli” anthology.
Based on translation of Jibananda Das’ ‘Banalata Sen’, by Sunandan Roy Chowdhury, published by Sampark Publishing, this session will also feature poems and songs of Maham Suhail.

“Trunk Call”, is directed by Janardan Ghosh.
The 40 minute session will mostly be in English, interspersed with poems, songs & dialgoues in Urdu and Bangla.


More about “Trunk Call”

Mahal Suhail is from Lahore. She is young – a singer, poet, image maker & a performing artist who journeys into her neighborhood – for her love of ‘Indian’ classical music, and for a quest for creative discoveries. Janardan Ghosh – a traversal personality having travelled the contours of ‘Bengali’ theatre of Badal Sircar, Anjan Dutta & others and trained with Włodzimierz Staniewski. He is a poet, writer, actor, currently a lecturer of English at Vivekananda University. He is a scholar of religious philosophy and a raconteur.

The two artists meet in Kolkata on the Katha Koli platform. Katha Koli, is a new age storytelling platform, uses multimedia and interdisciplinary art practices to tell stories of – if we could quote D H Lawrence, ” Perfected bygone moments, perfected moments in the glimmering futurity”, as also of existential crises and a less than perfect ambiguity.

‘Trunk Call ‘, is a dialogue between two characters. Centered around the enigmatic verses of Jibananda Das, this is the story of man who is afflicted with mental deformity, confining him within the comfortable recesses of a pastiche of limited world-view, unable to fathom the depth or navigate the width of life. He converses obsessively with a woman – articulate and possessing clarity & fortitude. She has travelled far and beyond, and now she is drawn quite unfathomably to this obstinate man who is anchored like a boat to a sea washed rock, as the winds of change rocks him – but what does an anchored boat have to do with the wind – but to be smitten to pieces or to silently rot and rust.

“Trunk Call’, is an attempt to reconfigure our relationship with our past & the present, in order to forge a paradigm in oral narrative & performativity.

“Trunk Call’, is supported by Proscenium Art Center, Alliance française du Bengale, Sampark Publishing & The Arshinagar Project.