Jatra Shots – The Amazing Atanu

The jatra lightboard operator has to use all four limbs to manage the complex lighting cues of modern jatra. At the next intermission after shooting this, I tapped him on the shoulder and said “Khub bhalo.” Very good. He nodded humbly and got to work setting up the next scene’s cues.

The Sri Chaitanya Opera is a jatra company based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The play is Karunamoyee Rani Rashmoni (Gracious Rani Rashmoni) written by Babli Bhattacharya. Directed by Ruma Dasgupta, lyrics by Ujal Biswas, music by Swapan Pakrasai. The location is the Kestopur neighborhood in Kolkata.

This is part of a collection of Jatra scenes I shot while a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India during 2018-19. They’re handheld and shaky, intended for my personal reference, but they might be of entertainment or educational value to others.

Check out the rest on my Youtube “Jatra Shots” playlist.