Play: Artho- The meaning of wealth (A Play in Bengali with English surtitles)-Written & Directed by Debasish Banerjee

Time:05:30 pm

When and Where

Date:04 September 2014
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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Tathagata Sen, a renowned economist, has been awarded a high civilian honour. He lives a retired life, alone, in the coastal town of Puri in his sprawling ancestral villa. Soumitra Basak, a young economist interviews the professor for his biography thereby leading us through a collage of the Professor’s past. Family members arrive apparently to celebrate the occasion of the professor’s achievement but their real intention is to sell the estate to a property developer. Complex family dynamics unfold as relationships and values are called into question. Old and buried expectations and discontents surface. Through the interplay of characters we face the question of what is ‘artho’. Is it ‘meaning’ or ‘wealth’ or perhaps ‘meaning of wealth’? How will Professor Sen respond to the dilemma brewing so close to him?

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