Best Theatres to witness the real drama in Kolkata

In the world of Hollywood and Bollywood, of VFX, of 3D, of body-doubles,of takes and retakes, where is the real one-take drama? Where are those one-shot actors who doesn’t need high-tech microphones and perfect luminescence? In the most creative and artful city, there are numerous Theatres where you can still watch real drama and admire the art of acting. Let’s mention few places who still produce skilled stagecraft and display the histrionic talent.

Nandikar: Shyambazaar


It is a 57-year-old theatre of Kolkata. The logo of the same was designed by famous film-maker Satyajit Ray. This grand theatre has produced more than 80 plays and has performed them more than 8500 times in last 57 years.The famous dramas from Nandikar are Natyakarer Sandhane Chhati Charitra, Tin Poysar Pala, Bhalomanush, Football, Antigone, etc., have been performed for more than 400 nights each.

Four of its directors – the late Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay, Rudraprasad Sengupta, Swatilekha Sengupta and Debsankar Halder are recipients of the National Award from Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Watch the famous Madhabi and Alipha with your love to get drowned in the surreal art of stage.

Check their website:

Contact no: 033 25554946

Swapnasandhani: Harish Mukherjee Road


Founded in 1992 by the actor and director Kaushik Sen. Swapnasadhani plays every Saturday at Sujata Sadan since 2006. It has produced around 12 full-length play and 14 short-ones. Notable dramas were Prachya, Suprobhat, Birpursh and Thana ThekeAschi. It has even reproduced the famous Shakespearean play of Macbeth in Bengali. I recommed watching Suprobhat based on the novel of Jibanananda Das.

Contact No: 9836524539

Mad About Drama: Shyama Prasad, Mukherjee Road


Started in 2011 by young artists to create, curate and conduct the stage plays. They believe in non-conventional dramas and wanted to delivery “Mad” theatre experience to young audience. They play at various venues including Gyan Manch, Prithvi Theatre, The Doodle room, Indira cinema hall etc. You must watch Codename SRK, C.H.U.T.I.Y.A. and With Love, Calcutta

Check their website:

Contact no: 9836573718

The Hypokrites: Thakurpukur Kolkata


The meaning of Hypokrities in Greek means actor. This theatre established in 2008, by young college group students. They got their fame in 2010 when their play Abhinaya won National theatre fest in Bangalore. Productions like Conditions Apply, God’s Toilet, Orange Squash, No Smoking and Chairs were both critically and commercially successful.  Few of them met extremely positive print reviews by eminent critics ​from esteemed newspapers like Telegraph, Times of India, Hindustan Times and Bengal Post.

Check their website:

Contact No: 9051654008

Sayak: Raja Rajakrishna Street


Founded in 1973 by Meghnad Bhattacharya, this well-known Bengali theatre is the household word in Kolkata. Sayak plays its drama at Niranjan Sadan, Academy of fine arts, Behala Sarat Sadan etc. Notable plays by Sayak are “Passing Show”, “Damini. Hey” and “Dui Hujurer Gappo”.

Check their website:

Contact no: 9830716207

Apart from the above theatres you can also see the Rangakarmee, Shriek of Silence, The Arshinagar project, 4th Bell theatre and Bohurupee. Most of these are clustered in the old Calcutta.

Contributed By: Gunjan Solanki.


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