Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rabindranath and Bisarjan (contd-4)

There was commendation every where for the stage performance. Sita Devi wrote;
" Rabindranath acted in the role of Joysingha but his age at that time was 62 years. Any one who observed his performance of moving like an young man might misunderstood about his actual age. Dinendranath took the role of Raghupati. His blood stained dress of Bhairab still  appears in one's mind. The songs of the villagers was appreciable. The dresses and paintings of the artists was flawless. Ananda Bazar Patrika  wrote on 29th Aug,
" The technical side of the drama was wonderful. Rabindranath played in the role of Joysingha. His acting was unique. The contradictions in the character of Joysingha were expressed by him was unparallel. It was rare to see such an acting."
A printed booklet of 2x14 pages was published by Calcutta Art Press containing the details of the of the programme. On a yellow cover page "Bisarjan: was written with red ink and in the page one the name of the persons with their roles were written on 1st Page. On the 2nd page the scenes and the characters to appear were published under the head " Bhadra 1330", from page 3-7 with specific timings of each scene such as,
" Pratakal, Dwiprahar, Aparahna, Sandhya, Ratri O Ratrisesh ". On the second say  - Pratakal, Aparahna, Sandhya, Ratri O Gabhir Raatri and on 3rd day - Pratakal O Raatri. There were 13 scenes in total. On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day there were two breaks. 11 songs were printed in full from 9 to 13 pages.
1. Timira duara kholo,
2. Jhara Jhara rakta jhare,
3. Ami ekla chalechi bhabe,
4. Eto ranga sikhecha kothay muktamalini,
5. Amar andhar Bhalo,
6. Din phuralo he sangsari,
7. kon bhiru ke bhay dekabi,
8. Thakte ar to parlinema, parli kai,
9. andhar raate ekla pagol,
10. amar Jabar bela pichu dake, and
11. Joy Joy Parama nishkriti.
The changes of scenes were indicated not by dropping the curtain but by operating the switch of the current, off and on.