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Versatile personality Byomakesh Tripathy’s thirteen plays and three translated plays released

Bhubaneswar:22/9/17; Versatile personality Byomakesh Tripathy’s thirteen plays and three translated plays covered in the set of 5 volumes released today at special programme organized here at Press Club of Odisha.  Prof. Rajat Kumar Kar, eminent playwright and actor was the Chief Guest of the evening and well known Odia poet and writer, Professor Sanghamitra Mishra was the Chief Speaker. Renowned Theatre personality Anant Mahapatra unveiled the books in the presence of well known writer Shri Biswakesh Tripathy.

In his career span Byomakesh Tripathy had directed almost 68 plays and also acted in many of these. Byomakesh was also described as Satyajit Ray of Odisha- great compliments rarely given to any theater artists of Odisha. He was an extremely talented writer, director and actor. Most importantly he had introduced many new stagecraft techniques, never seen before on the Odia stage. He had also ventured into the Odia film industry and acted in a few Odia films besides giving direction in some. Learned Professor Raj Kishore Ray described Byomakesh as Gordon Craig (1872-1966) of Odisha. Craig was a famous English actor, director and modernist theater practitioner who had introduced many new concepts in stagecraft.

In his lifetime, Byomakesh Tripathy had written a number of plays and each play was an experiment in itself. Some of these plays were satirical and some critical, but each play strongly gave a message of truth, honesty and purity of life. His plays dealt with various burning issues like corruption, prostitution, injustice to women etc besides covering mythological and historical subjects.

He had also written scripts for films and songs for theatre – a combination rarely found in Odisha in any artist. In 1995, Byomakesh, was asked to showcase few of his plays in Bhubaneswar by leading Odia daily ‘Dharitri’. He was also asked by Doordarshan, to make a documentary on the history of Odisha Theater, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of India’s Independence in 1997.

Humble efforts have been made by Shri Biswakesh Tripathy, younger brother of Byomkesh Tripathy and a competent author in his own right, to compile the plays written or translated by Byomakesh Tripathy, into a set of 5 volumes and give an opportunity to the readers to once again become a part of the mesmerizing world of theatre which Byomakesh so passionately loved.

The name of plays covered are-(1) Ek-Duei-Teen (2) Raja Mukuta (3) KanshaKabata (5) Singh Dwara (5) Jagarana (6) TolaKania (7) AkhandaJyoti (8)SunaPharua (9) MatiraSwarga (10) HemaHarini (11) Gopana Katha (12) Sati Parikhya  (13) Sri Krushna Lila which are the original writings by Byomakesh Tripathy and translations include-(1) King Oedipus (2) Antigone and (3) Mudra Rakhyasa.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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