Life and time of 19th songstress in rare 3D col­lage

The Political and Business Daily - - STATES -

TRAC­ING the life and ca­reer of Bin­o­dini Dasi, more known as 'Noti Bin­o­dini' a group of teenagers from a city red light area are busy con­jur­ing up a unique col­lage of her mem­o­rable songs, recita­tions and dance sk­its which en­thralled the au­di­ence of the historic Star Theatre dur­ing those days.

"Be­sides ex­plor­ing the life, times and mu­sic of that era of late 19th and early 20th cen­turies, we will seek to un­der­stand the multi-faceted ac­tor, who over­came great odds and snides and snubs, to be­come the reign­ing queen of those times when tak­ing a plunge into the­atres by "Bhadragharer Meye" was con­sid­ered sac­ri­le­gious by the holierthan-thou so­ci­ety, a spokesman from or­gan­is­ers 'Son­a­gachi Ko­mal Gand­har' said.

Fif­teen vi­va­cious young­sters, in the age group of 17-20 and hail­ing from that area and pos­si­bly some from the sex work­ers fam­i­lies, were be­ing men­tored by em­i­nent singer Rid­dhi Ban­dopad­hyay, Anin­dita Kazi be­sides a theatre per­son­al­ity like Bi­joy­lak­shmi Bar­man in this col­lage of song, dance and recita­tion.

"Bin­o­dinir Khonje - The Songstress' is a hum­ble homage to the per­form­ers who en­thralled the au­di­ence in early 19th cen­tury. Be­sides the cult name Bin­o­dini - oth­ers like An­gur­bala, Iin­dubala, Kanan Devi and Ke­taki Dutta rep­re­sent­ing a later era will be re­ferred to in the pro­duc­tion high­light­ing their strug­gles, and the stigma and prej­u­dice they had to live with dar­ing to dream dif­fer­ent de­spite be­ing women un­der feu­dal pa­tri­archy," Rid­dhi said.

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