Tepantar

Tepantar

Tepantar

Tepantar village at Satkahania in Bardhaman district is the abode of a community of theatre practitioners. Established by theatre activist Mr. Kallol Bhattacharya in 1996, Tepantar is also the abode for members of its repertory 'Ebong Amra'. The resident theatre practitioners specialise in music, drama, martial arts, sound and design. Theatre performances and folk dances are a part of daily routine here. Tepantar involves local out of school tribal youth by meaningfully engaging them with theatre.

Most of the members stay within the campus of 4 acres of serene greenery. There is an open air stage and space for rehearsals and workshops. Resident members of Tepantar have created a self reliant and self sustaining system with poultry and vegetable farming and pisciculture in the premise.

Visitors can getaway from the daily hustle-bustle of city life to enjoy peaceful solitude amidst the greenery. One can also witness theatre production development or enjoy participating in either the daily chores of the resident members of the premise or the songs, dance and theatre. One can enjoy strolling on the bank of Ajoy river and visit a piece of history by witnessing the centuries old Deuls.

How to reach?

Nearest railway station is Panagarh. Tepantar is a half an hour drive from Panagarh, an hour from Santiniketan and 3.5 hours drive from Kolkata.

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Where to stay

Where to stay?

One can stay at the beautiful well furnished cottages within the premises of Tepantar. There is accommodation for 25 persons.

Resources

One can enjoy their evenings watching the theatre artists perform within the premises of the village. There is also opportunity of engaging in theatre workshops with the artists. Marvel at the Ichai Deul, a 70 feet tall templebuilt by Ichai Ghosh, which is 7 kms from Tepantar. Enjoy the quietness of the surrounding forests that provide a perfect backdrop for the winding Ajay river. Visit the 600 years old temple of Shyam Rupa. Listen to the soulful Baul music at Joydeb Temple at Kenduli.

Tepantar – The Theatre Village

Kallol Bhattacharya formed his theatre group ‘Ebong Amra’ in 1994 and engaged the local tribal youth from the Bauri and Bagdi communities who had dropped out of school and worked as daily labours. They developed the place as a self sustained one capable of catering to the basic needs of its inhabitants and generate additional income. They have their own farming, poultry and pisciculture. They also supply saplings to nearby places.

Special Attraction

A 3 day village fair along with folk festival will be celebrated on November 24 – 26, 2017.