Calcutta Puppet Theatre will present its production titled ‘Aladdin’, directed by Padmashree Suresh Dutta, today at National Music and Dance Centre Auditorium, BSA. On the other hand, a five-day long puppet workshop, conducted by Indian puppeteer Padmashree Suresh Dutta and organized by the Theatre and Film Department of BSA, will close today.
Some university students and theatre troupes have taken part in the puppet workshop where they have had the opportunity to learn about puppet history and many new ideas. Eminent artist Mustafa Monwar inaugurated the workshop on October 8, 2018 with BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, Indian puppeteer Padmashree Suresh Dutta and director of BSA’s Drama and Film Department Badrul Alam Bhuiyan in attendance.The puppet show ‘Aladdin’ is based on the classic Arabian tale of Aladdin and his genie of the lamp. Ten puppets will portray different characters like Aladdin, princess, king, genie and that of several evil people for narrating the Arabian tale. In the story, a poor boy named Aladdin becomes a king by overcoming conspiracies of the evil people and magicians with the help of the genie.
In 1973, Suresh Dutta founded Calcutta Puppet Theatre (CPT). He directed many puppet plays which include Aladin, Ramayana (1981), Seeta (1987) and Lav-Kush. Other famous productions of the troupe are Gulabo Sitabo, NutanJivan, Hoosh, Aparichita, Kagaz, Mamna, Halud Jhuti Morog, Boka Hash, Ajob Desh, Kalo Desh, Kalo Heera etc. Under his direction, CPT has represented India at many international festivals, notably in Japan, Sweden, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Canada, New York, New Jersey (USA), Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. In 1998, Suresh Dutta organized the first international puppet festival held in Calcutta. He has conducted workshops on puppetry and trained many young puppeteers as well. Suresh Dutta is the recipient of two prestigious national awards - Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987(for his contribution to Indian puppetry) and Padma Shri in 2009 (the fourth highest civilian award presented by the government of India).