Nukkad Natak Pops Up In BJP's West Bengal Campaign, Volunteers Perform Street Theatre To Raise Awareness On The Sacrifices Of 130 BJP Karyakartas

by Swarajya Staff - Mar 1, 2021 05:30 AM
Nukkad Natak Pops Up In BJP's West Bengal Campaign, Volunteers Perform Street Theatre To Raise Awareness On The Sacrifices Of 130 BJP KaryakartasBJP workers in Bengal.
Snapshot
  • Clips of one such theatre performance have been shared on Twitter by volunteers.

    They can be seen performing a play to create awareness on the sacrifices of karyakartas of the BJP who have been allegedly killed for their work and support to the party.

Bharatiya Janata Party's political campaign in West Bengal is witnessing a new addition to its use of cultural elements for political campaigns.

Street theatre, the old weapon to express 'resistance', seems to be erupting amid the BJP's campaign for the upcoming Assembly polls in the state as a new element in its interaction with the public.

Clips of one such theatre performance have been shared on Twitter by volunteers. They can be seen performing a play to create awareness on the sacrifices of karyakartas (workers) of the BJP who have been allegedly killed for their work and support to the party.

The volunteers can be seen and heard using Bengali, Hindi and English in the play to talk about the sacrifices of the 130 karyakartas. The issue has been raised and mentioned by senior BJP leaders on different platforms over the week.

The volunteers also mention the attack on the mother of BJP worker Gopal Majumdar, who has alleged that three TMC workers entered his house and attacked his mother in Nimta, North Dumdum, on 27 February.

"Pothonaatika", as the form of theatre is known in Bengal, is a potent medium to express messages of social and political importance.

For largely four decades, the form of theatre has been associated with the cultural interaction of the Left. It is widely used by Left-aligned cultural groups and organisations to raise voices on issues of social importance, on gender, and political issues.

Street theatre is widely seen as synonymous with Left-aligned politics.

The volunteers seem to depict the violence faced by BJP workers in the state, the muzzling of free speech, the attack on freedom of speech on social media and on ground and intimidation faced by the men and women volunteers from their political opponents in West Bengal.

In the above clip, the performing volunteers depict the intimidation and violence faced by BJP volunteers during their interaction with the public on the people-centric policies, works and programmes undertaken by Narendra Modi.

Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Comments
Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.
Advertisement

Latest Articles

    Artboard 4Created with Sketch.