The chill in the air and warm exchanges among the audience of an open-air programme was looked forward to by many. The occasion was the 125th year celebrations of The Tollygunge Club recently.
“Coming out of our pandemic blues and organising a physical event is in itself a great feeling. It was wonderful to be a part of such grand celebrations. I loved the fact that I got to enact a bit of my scenes along with the songs. Usually, I just sing on stage. This was a unique experience for me in front of such a large audience. Besides, I love participating in shows that are open air. It has its own charm,” said Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, who was a part of the programme.
Directed by Dolly Basu and scripted by Subha Pal, the show was called Raj to Renaissance and chronicled four centuries in Bengal from 17th to the 20th. “The club has been a very important landmark in my career of arts and I felt happy to be associated with the 125th anniversary celebrations. It gave me goosebumps to know as a storyteller, how the club site used to be of historical significance,” said Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, who was one of the persons reading out about the eras along with Dolly Basu.
The show was a visual treat of drama, dance, enactments, songs, poetry and readings.