Drama, Theatre and Jatra 

Drama & Theatre

The city has a long tradition of theaters and Group Theatres, producing groups like the Little Theatre Group, Gandharba, Calcutta Theatre, Nandikar, Bahurupee etc. and movements like the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). Famous drama and theatrics personalities include Ajitesh Bondhopadhya, Utpal Dutta, Rudraprasad Sengupta and Shambhu Mitra.
There are some famous theatre halls like Academy of Fine Arts, Sisir Mancha, Rabindra Sadan etc. 

Rabindra Nritya Natya is the term given to the three dance-dramas composed by Bengal's poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore: Chitrangada, Chandalika and Shyama. The principal characteristic of these works is that the story is told entirely through dance and song. The dances included in these are the dance form created by Tagore.

The tradition of Jatra is still observed in West Bengal. Jatras are folk-theatres with epic four-hour-long plays featuring loud music, harsh lighting and dramatic props played on giant outdoor stages.
Rabindra Sadan
Rabindra Sadan is the hub of the prime Bengali culture in the Kolkata metropolis. The large stage of Rabindra Sadan is a premier venue for 'Bangla' theater and other cultural activities of the city. Rabindra Sadan of Kolkata is a major entertainment zone and cultural center for the Bengali society where you can view dramas, dance cultural programmes and exhibitions every evening.
The first laying stone for constructing Rabindra Sadan was done by the late Prime Minister of India, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru on 8th May, 1961. But it was opened to public from October, 1967. Rabindra Sadan of Kolkata was established to pay homage to the great poet and Nobel Prize laureate Guru Rabindranath Tagore.
Rabindra Sadan is located near the Nandan cinema and cultural complex and the Academy of Fine Arts on AJC Bose Road in South Kolkata. Construction began on 5th August 1961 and ended October 1967. It is noted for its large stage which is a prime venue for Bengali theatre and Kolkata Film Festival. The Rabindra Sadan complex now houses the Rabindra Sadan stage, Nandan, Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi, Gaganendra Prodorshonshala among other centers of cultural activities.
It is reachable by Rabindra Sadan station of Kolkata Metro on North South Corridor.

Sisir Mancha
Sisir Mancha is located on Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, one of the main thoroughfares of Kolkata. It was established in 1978 with a capacity of 400 seats. This theater was named after Sisir Bhaduri, the legendary actor and director of Bengal. The State Government patronizes several cultural programs of diverse tastes, which are held on this mancha. In addition, it also hosts the group-theatre shows.


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