Dance Production – Dhrubajyoti Tumi Jishu
Based on the life of the Son of God – Jesus; the script is entirely composed of songs by Tagore, which narrates the biblical story and becomes the lyrical dialogues, as well. Originally created for the Bible Society of India and staged on 17th of August 2014, this production is an attempt to infuse the lives of the inmates as well as that of the audience with the message of love and forgiveness, by Christ. The stage play in the dance-drama highlights the pivotal incidents in the life of Jesus. The opening act reveals Jesus carrying his cross and Mother Mary helplessly watching in despair as Jesus pleads to God to forgive him for his delay and shortcomings due to exhaustion – “KLANTI AMAR KHOMA KORO PROBHU, POTHAYE JODI PICHHIYE PORI KOBHU”.
As the opening scene fades out the story of Jesus’s birth and becoming of the Messiah unfolds in a flash back mode.
“EKDIN JARA MERECHILO TARE GIYE
RAJAR DOHAI DIYE E JUGE TARAI JANMO NIYECHI AJI,
MONDIRE TARA ESHECHE BHOKTO SHAJI –
GHATAK SHOINNO DAKI
‘MARO MARO’ OTHE HAKI.
GORJONE MISHE PUJAMONTRER SHOR
MANAB PUTRO TIBRO BATHAYE KOHEN, HEY ISSHAR”
The Magi follow the bright North star to Jerusalem – “AAKASH JURE SHUNINU OI BAJE”. In celebration of His birth by angels – “ALOY ALOKMOY KORE HE ELE ALOR ALO” followed by the rejoicing “AJI SHUBHO DINE PITAR BHOBONEY” The nautch girls, whom Jesus rescues from stoning by the clergy and prejudiced village folk –“OHE APAPOPURUSHO, DINOHIN AMI ESHECHI PAAPER KULEY”. The rescued women become His disciple – “CHORONO DHORITE DIYO GO AMARE” and “OI AASHONO TALEY”.
Jesus establishes his being the Son of GOD by curing the lepers, blessing the blind with sight and reviving a dead child to life – “ANDHOJONE DEHO ALO, MRITOJONE DEHO PRAAN”. The disciples follow Him – “TUMI AMADEYR PITA, TOMAYE PITA BOLE JAYNO JANI” and the sermons – “BIPODEY MOREY ROKKHA KORO ENOHEY MOR PRARTHONA”.
The last supper followed by the betrayal of Judas. Leading to the capture and prosecution of Jesus by the clergy and the royal – “JE RATE MOR DUWARGULI BHANGLO JHORE” and “SHAKATOREY OIE KADICHE SHOKOLEY”. The crucification “DHYAY JAYNO MOR SHOKOL BHALOBASHA”. Mother Mary embalms His lifeless body at the grave – “AMAR SHOKOL DUKHER PRODEEP”. And as Jesus had prophesised his resurrection on the Good Friday, he reappears to reinstall the faith in his preaching and onset a new era – “TOMARI NAMEY NOYONO MELINU PUNNOPROBHATE AAJI”.
The music composed by Nirmalya Roy were sung by Mr B. D. Sharma, Nirmalya Roy, Ms Alokananda Roy, students of Nirmalya Roy in Chorus . Recitation are by Subir Mitra.
Choreography performed by the inmates and the working staff of the State Correctional Homes, along with Ms Alokananda Roy and her students from Kolkata.