Dramatic Moments

Dramatic Moments

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Author: Nemai Ghosh
Publisher: Seagull Books
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 191
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170461561


This collection of photographs on art paper forms a pictorial history of theatre in Calcutta over the last four decades.

In this prestigious volume, Nemai Ghosh concentrates on the experimental theatre groups of the city and its neighborhood - more than a hundred of them active at any given point of time- with a repertoire that features the whole range of classical and modern dramaturgy from all over the world as well as original, indigenous works.

The photographs capture the distinctive individualities of renowned directors, actors and actresses like Sombhu Mitra, Utpal Dutt, Tripti Mitra, Badal Sircar, Ajitesh Bandopadhyay, Manoj Mitra, Bibhash Chakraborty, Keya Chakraborty, Kumar Roy, and others, in performance as well as directorial presence.

Commentaries by theatre critic Samik Bandhopadhyay contextualise the performance s that are further illuminated by a selection of readings and memorabilia - poems, director's' notes, interviews, reminiscences.


Nemai Ghosh is best known for his photographs of Satyajit Ray at work and in his more private moments and moods, and his stills from Ray's films. He has exhibited at Cannes in 1971, at London in 1992, and several times at Calcutta and Delhi.

Ghosh had begun his artistic career as an actor, and brings to his theatre photography a strong subjective slant, the dramatic moments representing his own reading of situations, drawing on his memories and associations as an actor - the outsider/recorder turning insider to catch a fleeting, delicate shade. As he puts it himself, ' As a viewer and as a man who had loved and been in theatre, I compose my shots to underscore the dramatic elements and thrusts.'