Jatra Shots – Preshow Lights and Music

These are my final two short jatra clips. I shot these while in West Bengal as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India in 2018-19. They’re handheld and shaky, originally intended for my personal reference, but they might be of entertainment or educational value to others.

The blasting sensory overload of preshow lights and music announces to villagers far and wide that the show is about to begin. This will go on for a good 15 or more minutes to give thousands of people a chance to arrive and find their spot on the ground in front of the stage.

The producer is the Sri Chaitanya Opera jatra company based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The first clip is from an historical drama called 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 Kolkata’s Kestopur neighborhood. The second clip is from the contemporary social drama Sangsar Ek Khelaghor (Family Game Room), also written by Bhattacharya and directed by Dasgupta. Other than incidental mood music, all songs in this particular play are from popular Tollywood and Bollywood films of the previous 5-10 years. The location is rural Durgapur, West Bengal.

The rest are on my youtube channel on the Jatra Shots playlist.  Check ’em out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObJtRm3PhqM&list=PLyFebM15FeUg9lTE16ItBdw3rA7lq2MGP

Jatra Shots – Tapashi Moon, et al

One of my final short jatra clips that I shot while in West Bengal as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India in 2018-19. They’re handheld and shaky, originally intended for my personal reference, but they might be of entertainment or educational value to others.

The producer is the Sri Chaitanya Opera jatra company is based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The play is a contemporary social drama called Sangsar Ek Khelaghor (Family Game Room) written by Babli Bhattacharya and directed by Ruma Dasgupta. Other than incidental mood music, all songs in this particular play are from popular Tollywood and Bollywood films of the previious 5-10 years. The location is rural Durgapur, West Bengal.

The rest are on my youtube channel on the “Jatra Shots” playlist.  Check ’em out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObJtRm3PhqM&list=PLyFebM15FeUg9lTE16ItBdw3rA7lq2MGP

Jatra Shots – Ashok Banerjee, Biswajit Mahji, Subhayu Mukherjee

One of my final jatra clips. Here we see actor Ashok Banerjee in whiteface and ginger wig portraying a villainous British officer whom actors Biswajit Mahji and Subhayu Mukherjee try to appease him.

The Sri Chaitanya Opera is a jatra company based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The play is an historical drama called 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.