Taramandal (English and Hindi, 2015)


Language: English, Hindi, Bangla

Duration: 90 minutes

Stages: Rangashankara (July & November 2015), Jagriti (August 2015)


Satyajit Ray’s short story, ‘Patol Babu, Film Star’ tells of a chance opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream. Patol Babu is about fifty and has led a decidedly unglamorous life. His one passion, acting, has never really amounted to anything apart from a few theatre performances as a child in his local community group or at school. One day the possibility of a part in a film opens up. Despite it being a walk-on role of a pedestrian, Patol embraces the opportunity with open arms …

Taramandal extends this little story by constructing parallel narratives that set up and mirror Patol Babu– in younger versions of himself or people just like him. The play alternates between the story of Patol Babu in Kolkata and other characters in cities and towns around India. Each vignette outside of Patol’s story is intended to punctuate his life.All of these stories of failed ambition in the theatre, movies or television culminate in his one single walk of opportunity.

Taramandal was created as part of the final presentations of the Directors Training Program, an initiative of Indian Ensemble Theatre and Riad Mahmood Educations & Arts Foundation. Since it’s premier in Rangashankara on 7 July 2015, we have performed four more shows from 21-23 August 2015  at Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield. On 25 November 2015, we staged Taramandal for the second time at Rangashankara.

Cast & Crew

Performers: Ranajit Debnath ,Cathy Laby, Priyanka Dasgupta, Vijay Krishna, Aditya Garg, Pramit Pratim Ghosh, Tony Xavier

Playwright: Neel Chaudhuri

Director: Karen D’mello

Production Team: Animesh Shrivastava, Chetan Paramashivappa

Light Design: Parthasarathi S

Costume Design: Sunitha M R

Movement Direction: Pia Bunglowala

Set Support: Poornima Sukumar

Director’s Note