25 FEB - 7 MAR 2015. PANAJI/REIS MAGOS

SOUMYA SANKAR BOSE

Soumya Sankar Bose
Soumya Sankar Bose

Jatra (2013-ongoing)

Dating back to 16th century, the Jatra is a famous folk theatre form from Bengal where performances are held on wooden stages without any barriers between the actors and the audience, facilitating direct engagement between the two sides. The advent of cinema and TV in the 60s and 70s was a deathblow to this performative art. When Soumya’s uncle, no longer able to earn a living from the Jatra, withdrew to become instead an employee of a railway factory, he realized it was also time to document what were once gigantic figures of the genre. Helped by his uncle, he has been peeping into the lives of these artists and offers a rare glimpse of a bygone cultural form.

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