A General Interest Monthly Magazine for South Asians in the U.S.

Northern California:
SF Bay Area | San Jose | Fremont | Santa Clara
Silicon Valley | Sacramento Area
Southern California: Los Angeles | Artesia | San Diego | Inland Empire

Web siliconeer.com
Advertise in Siliconeer | Home | Subscribe Print Issue | About Us (FAQs) | Contact | Locations | Staff Login | Site Map |

ADVERTISEMENTS


PREMIUM

CLASSIFIEDS

MULTIMEDIA VIDEO


CULTURE
Bangla Theater Fest: Natya Mela 2010

San Francisco Bay Area-based Bengali organization Sanskriti and online magazine Porshi are jointly hosting a two-day Bengali theater festival June 5-6 in Pleasanton, Calif. A Siliconeer report.



A scene from “Chaara,” presented at the North American Bengali Conference in July, 2009 in San Jose, Calif. Online Bangla magazine Porshi will present this dance drama at Natya Mela 2010.

Preparations Natya Mela, the Bangla theater festival, has reached its fifth year. It’s a remarkable achievement. Consider this simple question: How often do you get the chance to see desi theatre, even in English?

Very, very rarely, so a theatre festival is simply out of the question, right?

Yet how is it that a theatre festival is being organized in Bangla, which is just one of many Indian languages (in addition to being the state language of neighboring Bangladesh, of course)?

Theater is the most challenging of performing arts, particularly in terms of logistics and harnessing a number people with diverse talents (acting, directing, props, makeup, lights).

It is quite a commentary on the commitment to culture and a passion for theatre of Bengali-speaking people in the Bay Area that this two-day festival is happening.

Sanskriti started the festival, but the Bangladeshi community has often participated enthusiastically, and this year Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshis are co-hosting it through Sanskriti and Porshi.

The two-day festival will be hosted June 5-6 at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton, Calif.

Six groups will perform. Chaara (Sapling), by Porshi, is a dance drama. Seattle-based Brishchik will present PhaaNs (Noose).

New Jersey-based ECTA will present Satyameva. . . (Truth Alone…), and two other Bay Area-based groups will present two more plays. Yatraa will present Anwesha (Search), and Enad will present Jadi Arekabar (If One More Time). A play recitation of Ami Birangona Bolchhi (I, A Heroic Woman, Am Speaking) will be performed by Auditiya.

Early bird tickets are $25 and $15 (one day) and $30 & $18 (both days). Note that these prices are valid only up to May 31, 2010. After that ticket prices in every category will increase by $5.

Tickets are available online now. Details available at Porshi’s Web site at www.porshi.com and Sanskriti’s Web site at www.sanskriti.org.


EMAIL US: info (at) siliconeer.com | SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ONLINE BELOW

Click here to read the Current Issue in PDF Format

COVER STORY
Management Whiz:
C.K. Prahalad (1941-2010)

C.K. Prahalad challenged dominant logic with provocative thinking that made him a global figure. Siliconeer pays tribute to Prahalad, who died April 16.


COMMUNITY
Bangla Philanthropy:
SpaandanB Open House

The SpaandanB Open House and Boishakhi Mela, was a community event par excellance. A Siliconeer report.


ENVIRONMENT
Start Cleaning Up!
Bhopal and Dow

It is both absurd and appalling that a global mobilization effort for clean water was supported by Dow Chemical, one of the world’s worst polluters, writes Sudarshan Suresh.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Management Wizard
NEWS DIARY: April
SUBCONTINENT: Crude Oil Bonanza
SUBCONTINENT: Maoist Bloodbath
BUSINESS: News Briefs
SUBCONTINENT: India’s Food Security Act
SUBCONTINENT: India Prepares for Another Kind of War
SUBCONTINENT: Sania-Shoaib Wedding
RECIPE: Vegetable Pakora
SUBCONTINENT: Honor Killings
TRAVEL: Klamath Falls, Crater Lake, Oregon
AUTO REVIEW: 2010 GMC Terrain
BOLLYWOOD: Hindi Film Review: Prince
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL FILM: Paiya
CULTURE: CCF Contest
COMMUNITY: Esho He Boishakh
COMMUNITY: News
INFOTECH INDIA: Briefs
CULTURE: Natya Mela 2010
HOROSCOPE: May


ENTERTAINMENT
2009 IIFA Awards, Macau
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay



ENTERTAINMENT
81st Annual Academy Awards
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay



ENTERTAINMENT
IIFA Awards 2008
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay



Advertise in Siliconeer | Home | Subscribe PRINT Issue | About Us (FAQs) | Contact | Locations | Staff Login | Site Map
© Copyright 2000-2014 Siliconeer • All Rights Reserved • For Comments and Questions: info (AT) siliconeer.com