Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 9, 2018: Eminent critic of Indian art, theatre and film, Samik Bandyopadhyay will deliver lecture on “To Restore Poetry to Theatre” on March 11 at Chorus Repertory Theatre, Shamushang Uku, Imphal in the second Kangjam Padmakumar Memorial Lecture.
The event will be chaired by Longjam Joychandra Singh, registrar of Manipur University of Culture.
Scholar, editor-publisher, translator, lexicographer, bibliophile, Samik Bandyopadhyay was the Rabindranath Tagore National Fellow at the School for Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi (2015-2017) and Member, Publication Committee, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi since 2016. He was visiting professor, SAA, JNU, New Delhi (2005-2012, 2014); visiting professor: ICCR chair at the department of Theatre Studies; Freie Universität, Berlin (April-July 2014); vice-Cchairman, National School of Drama (2006-2010); and member of National School of Drama Society (2005-May 2014).
He was also lecturer, departments of English literature and drama, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, 1966-73.
He was also regional editor, Oxford University Press, Calcutta, 1973-82, and was founder-editor, Seagull Books, 1982-88. He was founder-editor, Thema, a small publisher based in Kolkata.
His vast experience includes stints as producer emeritus, All India Radio and Doordarshan, 1989-92. Research professor, Asiatic Society, Calcutta, 1995-97; member, general council, Sangeet Natak Akademi (2 consecutive terms) and Central Board of Film Certification (1970-80); member, 14-Member Indian Delegation to the East-West Theatre Seminar organized by the International Theatre Institute, New Delhi 1966; panelist at seminars on Indian Theatre as part of Festivals of India in USSR (Tashkent 1987) and Germany (Berlin 1992).
The lecture will follow with the famous Manipuri Ras Leela Dance.