Tepantar is a sprawling four acres, lush green campus, far from the bustling metropolis. It is the abode of a group of theatre practitioners, Ebong Amra. Tepantar is about 175 km from Kolkata, at Satkahania village of Purba Bardhaman. It is a self sustained campus where the group members practise farming, dairy and pisciculture.
Tepantar offers ethnic cottages and dormitories with all basic amenities to visitors amidst unparalleled peace and tranquillity that is disturbed only by the chirping of birds.
Located strategically at the centre of a vibrant cultural circuit, visitors may anchor at Tepantar and make day trips to several Cultural Tourism destinations like Santiniketan, Joydeb-Kenduli, the Kantha embroidery hub of Nanoor, the Dokra metal craft hub at Dariyapur, and the wooden dolls hub in Natungram.
One can stay at the beautiful well furnished cottages within the premises of Tepantar. There is accommodation for more than 100 persons.
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.
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.
'Basanta Utsav' will be celebrated at Tepantar on March 8-10, 2020