Born in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, Debesh has been working in the field of theatre for the last thirty three years. He is the founder and director of “Sansriti”. He has directed over 40 plays in Bengali. “Winkle Twinkle”, “Devi Sarpomasta”, “Phataru”, “Saudagorer Nouka” are milestone productions on the Bengali Stage directed by Debesh.

Not only proscenium, but he has also directed plays for intimate and site-specific theatre. He is a well acclaimed theatre academic and expert, and has completed a senior fellowship on “Cognitive Neuroscience and Theatre”. He has written several books on theatre. “The Week” magazine felicitated him as one of the ‘Fifty emerging stars of India’ in 2003. Debesh has been honoured by Paschimbanga Natya  Academy (Govt. of W.B.) as “Best Director” twice. Recipient  of many awards  Debesh directed his first feature film “Natoker Moto: like a play” in 2015. It was included in International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa in the Indian Panorama and, International Competition Section. Film Critic Circle of India (FCCI) honoured him as best debut director of 2015 for the film. Currently he is working on “Natyashastra”.

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Kothakar Choritra Kothay Rekhechho

 

This play starts as if rehearsing the play “The Rules of the Game” by Luigi Pirandello. As the rehearsal is about to begin, they are unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of six strange people. The Director of the play, furious at the interruption, demands an explanation. The Father explains that they are unfinished characters in search of an author to finish their story. The Director initially believes them to be mad, but as they begin to argue among themselves and reveal details of their story, he begins to listen. The Father and the Mother had one child together (the Son), but they have separated and Mother has had three children by another man - the Stepdaughter, the Boy and the little Girl. The Father attempted to buy sex from The Stepdaughter, claiming he didn’t recognize her, but The Stepdaughter is convinced he knew who she was. Though the Director isn’t an author, he agrees to load it their story despite disbelief among the jeering actors.
After a break for discussion, the Characters and the Company return to the stage to perform some of the story so far. They begin to perform the scene between the Stepdaughter and the Father in Madame Pace’s shop. The Characters are very particular about the setting, wanting everything to be as realistic as possible. The Director asks The Actors to observe the scene because he intends for them to perform it later. This sparks the first argument between The Director and The    Characters over the acting of the play because The Characters had assumed that they would be performing it, as they are the Characters already. The Stepdaughter has more problems with the accuracy of the setting, saying she doesn’t recognize the scene. Just as The Director is about to begin the scene once more, he realizes that Madame Pace is not with them. The Actors watch in disbelief as The Father lures her to the stage by hanging their coats and hats on racks, and Madame Pace        follows, “attracted by the very articles of her trade”.
The scene begins between Madame Pace and the Stepdaughter, with Madame Pace exhorting the Stepdaughter, telling her she must work as a prostitute to save the Mother’s job. The Mother protests at having to watch the scene, but she is       restrained. After the Father and the Stepdaughter act half of the scene, the Director stops them so that The Actors may perform what they have just done. The         Characters break into laughter as the  Actors try to imitate them. The Actors continue but the Stepdaughter can’t contain her laughter as the Actors use the wrong tones of 

KOTHAKAR CHORITRA KOTHAY REKHECHHO

This play is an adaptation of the play 'Six Characters In Search Of An Author' by Luigi Pirandello.

This play starts as if rehearsing the play “The Rules of the Game” by Luigi Pirandello. As the rehearsal is about to begin, they are unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of six strange people. The Director of the play, furious at the interruption, demands an explanation. The Father explains that they are unfinished characters in search of an author to finish their story. The Director initially believes them to be mad, but as they begin to argue among themselves and reveal details of their story, he begins to listen. The Father and the Mother had one child together (the Son), but they have separated and Mother has had three children by another man - the Stepdaughter, the Boy and the little Girl. The Father attempted to buy sex from The Stepdaughter, claiming he didn’t recognize her, but The Stepdaughter is convinced he knew who she was. Though the Director isn’t an author, he agrees to load it their story despite disbelief among the jeering actors.After a break for discussion, the Characters and the Company return to the stage to perform some of the story so far. They begin to perform the scene between the Stepdaughter and the Father in Madame Pace’s shop. The Characters are very particular about the setting, wanting everything to be as realistic as possible. The Director asks The Actors to observe the scene because he intends for them to perform it later. This sparks the first argument between The Director and The    Characters over the acting of the play because The Characters had assumed that they would be performing it, as they are the Characters already. The Stepdaughter has more problems with the accuracy of the setting, saying she doesn’t recognize the scene. Just as The Director is about to begin the scene once more, he realizes that Madame Pace is not with them. The Actors watch in disbelief as The Father lures her to the stage by hanging their coats and hats on racks, and Madame Pace        follows, “attracted by the very articles of her trade”.The scene begins between Madame Pace and the Stepdaughter, with Madame Pace exhorting the Stepdaughter, telling her she must work as a prostitute to save the Mother’s job. The Mother protests at having to watch the scene, but she is       restrained. After the Father and the Stepdaughter act half of the scene, the Director stops them so that The Actors may perform what they have just done. The         Characters break into laughter as the  Actors try to imitate them. The Actors continue but the Stepdaughter can’t contain her laughter as the Actors use the wrong tones of voice and gestures. The Father begins another argument with the Director over the realism of  the Actors compared to the Characters themselves. The Director allows The Characters to perform the rest of the scene and decides to have the rehearsals later.

This time, The Stepdaughter explains the rest of the scene during an argument with The Director over the truth on stage. The scene culminates in an embrace between The Father and The Stepdaughter, which is realistically interrupted by the distressed Mother. The line between reality and acting is blurred as the scene closes with The Director pleased with the first act.

The final act of the play begins in the garden. It is revealed that there was much arguing among the family members as The Father sent for The Mother, The Stepdaughter, The Child, The Boy, and The Son to come back and stay with him. The Son reveals that he hates the family for sending him away and does not consider The Stepdaughter or the others a part of his family. The scene ends with The Child drowning in a fountain, The Boy committing suicide with a revolver, and The Stepdaughter running out of the theater, leaving The Son, The Mother, and The Father on stage. The play ends with The Director confused over whether it was real or not, concluding that in either case he lost a whole day over it.

 

Playwright    : Luigi Pirandello

Adaptation   : Rudraprasad Sengupta

Direction      : Debesh Chattopadhyay