The theatrical take

Updated: May 30 2007, 05:30am hrs
The MoU-weary Orissa industries minister Biswa Bhusan Harichandan recently took time off to give vent to his creativity. He wielded the directorial baton to stage a play written by his own father, late Parsurama Harichandan, for the theatre group Satabdira Kalakar. The play, though, was not about taking a bow of any sort: Biplabi Krutibasa is based on a historic episode of defiance of the British Empires dictates by Orissa militants. Nor was it his maiden attempt at theatre. The minister had acted in several plays and directed a few in the days before joining politics. And if his father was a playwright, his younger brother Niladri Bhusan Harichandan, a professor at Shantiniketan, is a theatre critic of some repute.

Then join em

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Memory chip

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