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RBU marks Kshirodeprasad's 150th b'day

Posted on Mar 06 2014 | IBNS

By Hashir Mohammed Khaled, Kolkata, Mar 6 : The West Bengal State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts; Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) on Tuesday celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of renowned dramatist Kshirodeprasad Bidyabinode, here at the Jorasanko Thakurbari.

Present at the occasion were Debashis Roy Chowdhury, Department Of Drama of West Bengal State Akademi and professor of RBU; theatre personality Kamal Saha; dramatist Harimadhab Mukhopadhyay and Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Chairman West Bengal State Akademi and Vice Chancellor of RBU.

The 150th birth anniversary celebrations began with the inaugural ceremony by a blistering lighting up of lamps, followed by a reading of a few scenes from Kshirodeprasad Bidyabinode's famous play 'Alibaba' by Debashis Roy Chowdhury.

Kamal Saha and Harimadhab Mukhopadhyay spoke about well known dramatist Kshirodeprasad Bidyabinode.

Kshirodeprasad Bidyabinode was a dramatist, born on April 12, 1863 in Khardah, West Bengal.

In the year 1889, he completed his Masters in Chemistry from the Presidency College.

Bidyabinode was a teacher at the General Assembly Institution from 1892 till 1903.

He had been interested in literature since his childhood.

He published two volume collection of stories named Rajnaitik Sanyasi (1885) when he was just 22 years of age.

Apart from writing stories, he was a prolific writer with 58 publications to his credit.

He wrote mythological and historical plays as well as operas and farces.

He was conferred the title of Bidyabinode for his play 'Babhrubahan' in 1899.

His plays also include Raghubir (1903), Alibaba (1897) and Kinnari (1918).

The famous historical play of Kshirodeprasad inspired by the feeling of patriotism includes 'Palashir Prayashchitta' in the year 1906 and 'Nandakumar' in the year 1908, which were banned by the government.

He also composed songs in order to entertain the theatre audiences and also wrote a number of novels and short stories.

His work also includes, translation of 'Shrimadabhagavadgita' and edited a monthly magazine called 'Alaukik Rahasya' from 1909 till 1915.

He breathed his last on July 4, 1927 at Bankura.

Speaking about Kshirodeprasad Bidyabinode, Professor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury said, "His extraordinary contribution in the field of drama is unmatchable. He was known as the Father of Bengali plays."

"Kshirodeprasad Bidyabinode's love for drama was so much that he left his teaching job to concentrate on writing drama even though his educational qualification was the Master's in Chemistry," the professor added.

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