Jatra Shots – Ruma Dasgupta, Tapashi Moon

Another amazing jatra clip. 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 who also performs the title role, with lyrics by Ujal Biswas and music by Swapan Pakrasai. The location is the Kestopur neighborhood of 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.

Spreading the Fulbright Gospel

Had a wonderful time today pitching Fulbright Research and Teaching Scholarships to faculty at my alma mater New York University Tisch School of the Arts as a Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador. I was happy to see such a huge turnout!

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.