Tagore dance film trilogy: Chandalika


Chandalika, directed by Obhi Chatterjee, is the authentic film version of the classic dance-drama created by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as part of his campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the ‘untouchables’ and the unfairness of the caste system. Originally written in 1933 as a play, Tagore developed it into a dance-drama in 1938.

Prokrithi, an untouchable girl who is shunned by other villagers because of her caste, discovers a new life when Anondo, a Buddhist monk, asks her for water and tells her that she is no less a human than he is.

Kaberi Chatterjee stars as Prokrithi, with the singing voice of Manini Mukhopadhyay. Sourav Chatterjee is Anondo, with the singing voice of Kuntal Chakraborty, and Gitanjali Sarkar is Prokrithi’s mother, with the singing voice of Kushni Saren. All the dancers, singers and musicians are leading performers from Santiniketan, India.

The dance director and production designer is Shubhra Tagore. The music director is Bulbul Basu.

Chandalika is part of the Tagore dance film trilogy of authentic, widescreen film versions of Tagore’s dance-dramas, the others being Chitrangada (1936) and Shyama (1939).

Chandalika had its world première on 8 May 2011 at the Stratford Picturehouse as the closing event of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Tagore weekend to mark Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary.

Running time: 73 minutes.

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  1. […] of his life, was to combine the three dimensions of songs, drama and dance in his dance-dramas, Chandalika (1933), Chitrangada (1936) and Shyama (1939). Share this:FacebookStumbleUponDiggRedditEmailPrint […]

  2. […] different languages and are making the films available worldwide. You can already watch Shyama and Chandalika on my website. The première of our film version of Chitrangada will be on Sunday, 23rd […]

  3. […] of Shyama was organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in May 2009. The world premiere of Chandalika was also organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in May 2011, at the end of their special […]

  4. […] been the voice behind all three of the title roles I was dancing in our film versions of Shyama, Chandalika and Chitrangada. The expression she gives when she sings comes from the bottom of her heart. As a […]

  5. […] film trilogy of authentic, widescreen film versions of Tagore’s dance-dramas, the others being Chandalika (1938) and Shyama (1939). Elements from Chitrangada were included in the promotional trailers and […]

  6. […] film versions of Rabindranath Tagore’s three dance-dramas (Chitrangada, Chandalika, & Shyama) are now available to rent or buy ‘on demand’ through Vimeo. The films […]

  7. […] Tagore (Shubhra-di) was our Dance director for Chitrangada and Chandalika , while Bulbul Bose (Bulbul-di) was our Music director. We were rehearsing, filming and recording […]

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