“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door:
The purpose of light is to create more light.”
“Pratima” is a creative rendition and expression by SPCkraft that brings to light, the unknown chapters about Pratima Devi’s life. Conceptualised and ideated by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, it is an artistic and research based anecdotal account, interspersed with Rabindra sangeet and oration. The event is scheduled for November 24th, 2019, 10:30 am at the Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR.
Women in 19th century Bengal led a restricted life. It made many women talent’s and creative minds go unnoticed, un-nurtured and therefore, unsung.
But amidst all limitations, there existed women like Pratima Devi, who paved the path for women’s creative liberty in numerous ways. She created an artistic niche for herself. Her identity went beyond Rathindranath Tagore’s wife and Tagore’s daughter-in-law.
Tagore was Pratima Devi’s guiding light! She studied painting under Tagore and Nandalal Bose. Tagore encouraged her artworks at the Indian Society of Oriental Art and move to Paris, to learn Italian wet fresco art. Pratima Devi took keen interest in Vishwa Bharati’s creative endeavours in Shantiniketan. She played a pivotal role in shaping Tagore’s Dance-Dramas (Nrithyanatya). She is also the driving force behind Batik print.
In her lifetime she authored books like Nirban that essayed Tagore’s last years, Chitralekha, a collection of poems and other writings, Smritichinha, that shares her thoughts about Abanindranath and Rabindranath Tagore and Nritya that documents the dance traditions at Shantiniketan.
The script is written by Debopriya Roy and the stage-art is by eminent artist Hiran Mitra. The script would be performed by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, Chaitali Dasgupta and Suparna Dutta. The programme will have Ranbindra sangeet by singer Sromona Chakrabarty, Ranjini Mukhopadhyay and Shubhasree Patel.
On this occasion BIRUTJAATIYO and SPCkraft shall be presenting the first edition of the NILANJANA SEN PUROSHKAR to Professor Biswajit Roy of Viswabharati, to be handed over by the veteran Tagore exponent Pramita Mallick. Internationally acclaimed Tagore scholar, vocalist, activist and painter Sharmila Roypommot shall talk about NILANJANA SEN’s contribution to arts.