Nabanna (drama)

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Nabanna is a Bengali language drama written by Bijon Bhattacharya and staged by the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) in 1944 under the direction of Sombhu Mitra and later, in 1948, by Bohurupee under the direction of Kumar Roy.[1] The play is about the Bengal famine of 1943. The Bengal IPTA took the play to many parts of India as a part of its festival, Voice of Bengal, and it became a major success and collected lakhs of rupees for famine relief in rural Bengal.[2][3]


The drama is about the Bengal famine of 1943 in which more than 2 million people died of starvation, malnutrition and disease. The main character is Pradhan Samaddar, a peasant in Bengal. The play presents the intensity of famine through the starvation of Pradhan Samaddar's family. Samaddar's family face a range of disasters during the food crisis.[2][4]


  1. ^ Aparna Bhargava Dharwadker (1 November 2005). Theatres of Independence: Drama, Theory, and Urban Performance in India since 1947. University of Iowa Press. pp. 407–. ISBN 978-0-87745-961-3. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Lisa Lowe; David Lloyd (27 October 1997). The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital. Duke University Press. pp. 438–. ISBN 978-0-8223-2046-3. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Ritwik Ghatak notes". Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  4. ^ John D. H. Downing (28 October 2010). Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. SAGE Publications. pp. 247–. ISBN 978-0-7619-2688-7. Retrieved 23 August 2012.