“Satyameva Jayate” – a phrase from the Mundaka Upanishad is the national motto of India and all Indians. Literally it means, “truth alone prevails” – implying that truth is all that we should strive for, since truth only can lead us to success and happiness. But often this hypothesis has been proven wrong. Through bitter life experiences we all discover that “truth” hardly leads us anywhere – it is the “untruth”, the “false” and “deceit” that we need to master in order to attain our goals and objectives. Or is it that our goals and objectives need to be re-examined? Are we chasing the right goals? Goals for which we do not have to rely on the “false” – goals that can truly be achieved by truth alone? Or is it that “truth” is nothing but an illusion, a “fake” notion that we like to believe to be “true”?
“Satyameva”, tries to explore this age old question in a setting in North America where the immigrant Indian population tries to deal with this issue in their everyday lives. Continue reading
After receiving great critical acclaim in Kolkata
Ethnomedia Center for Theater Arts (ECTA)
in co-operation with Raag-Rang Inc.
A play by Sudipta Bhawmik
Sudipta Bhawmik and Pinaki Datta
Directed by Indranil Mukherjee
January 26 6.30pm and January 27 3.30pm
Edison Valley Playhouse
2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ
Contact: (732) 241 7060 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Jan 26, Saturday Tickets – Click Here
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Advance booking in encouraged due to limited seating.
Some review Comments:
The Bengali-American group Ethnomedia from New Jersey, which stunned Calcutta last year with Ron, returned for the world premiere of dramatist-director Sudipta Bhawmik’s Satyameva. A senior executive body-shopping software engineers fires his incompetent new recruit, who pleads that he should not be sent back to India. By a remarkable plot of twists and turns (perhaps too many of them) Bhawmik conveys older Bengalis’ nostalgia for their birthplace and younger Bengalis’ desire to emigrate to America. Sankar Ghoshal and Indranil Mukherjee respectively give realistic portrayals of these parts, but the playwright’s craftsmanship tends to get the better of heartfelt emotions, which we had found in Ron. – Ananda Lal, telegraph
I just finished directing a play by Sudipta Bhawmik called Ron. It’s a very relevant story of our time waited to be told. Sudiptada has weaved a magic spell of contemporary tale on an age-old philosophical conflict between the need to fight some wars and the principled position of anti-war. This not only looks at the current time, it does so from the first generation and second generation immigrants’ perspective. Continue reading
Michael Moore’s documentaries always manage to stir up strong emotions amongst their viewers. Fahrenheit 9/11 caused lot of stir, won an Oscar, but it did not change anything. One potential reason may be that the facts shown were hard to believe and there was no easy way to validate them. This reduced a very well made documentary to the status of a cheap political propaganda. But, Mr. Moore’s latest film, “Sicko”, is different. It deals with an issue that we witness in our daily lives, directly or indirectly – the US health care system, or more specifically the US healthcare management system.