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A spooky tale

The play is the guiding light for revival of theatre in Orissa.



PLAY TIME A scene from `Bikarm Jejenka Bhhota.'

High morals and high aesthetic are not the essentials for a successful play. This was underscored yet again by Uttar Purusha's latest production Bikram Jejenka Bhoota (The ghost of Bikram grandpa ). There is this young man in the modern times who has been the scion of a family of rajahs. Unable to find a job, he wants to go into business. But all he has is an old mansion in his native "Nischintagarh." If only he could dispose of the building he would have the money to start a business. Enters a businessman who has a love for antiques; so he is naturally enamoured of the 400-year old building. But there is a snag. There is a ghost in the building who roams around singing sad romantic songs and breaking into guffaws.He is a forefather of the young man and is awaiting deliverance from the earthly bondage. Well, after a number of funny twists and turns the ghost gets his deliverance and it is happy ending for all concerned.

Humour well woven

Conceived by Ramesh Mohanty and directed by Asim Basu the play banked on humour and nostalgia to weave a magic around the audience. The stage space was magical with the evocation of a bygone era despite minimal props. Binay Ratha's music rendered by classical vocalist Chittaranjan Pani added to the quaint atmosphere. The use of light adequately made it spooky. The acting was above par although a few more rehearsals could have yielded better results. It was an entertaining play with a riveting storyline and should be a beacon to the people engaged in revival of theatre in Orissa .

B.M

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