By SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY
Bengal theatre was seeded during the British Rule, primarily as a medium challenging colonisation. It later became a platform for protests of all kinds. With the founding in 1942, of the Indian People’s Theatre Association, theatre in Bengal flourished even more, particularly focusing on socio-political issues. In-between the protests, leading global playwrights from Shakespeare to Pirandello, Chekov and Brecht, to Bengal’s very own Tagore had their works staged by several theatre groups. Award-winning filmmaker and theatre director/actor Suman Mukhopadhyay, traces his own journey with theatre and its inexorable link to Tagore as a prolific playwright.