Banchharam’s Orchard and
An Encounter With Royalty

Manoj Mitra

Translated by Ranjan, Sangeeta Ghoshal


5.5 x 8.5 inches, viii + 144pp. 2000

ISBN : 9788170461050

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This farcical comedy by Bengali playwright Manoj Mitra tells us the hilarious tale of old Banchharam who, by his refusal to die, out-manoeuvres all those who are waiting greedily to lay claim to his valuable orchard.


An Encounter With Royalty (Rajdarshan), turns the pomp and power of kingship on its head, as an impoverished old brahman enters the body of the dead king. 

Playwright-director-actor Manoj Mitra has written about 70 plays and filmscripts and is famous for his lead roles in films by Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha, Basu Chatterjee and others. He has been Sisir Kumar Bhaduri Professor of Drama at Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. He was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1980 for Banchharamer Bagan (written by him and directed by Tapan Sinha), the Sangeet Natak Award (1985) and the Asiatic Society Award (2005) for his overall contribution to theatre, Manoj Mitra heads the theatre group Sundaram and lives and works in Calcutta. 



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