बादल सरकार -मृत्य: (13 मई , 2011)
बादल सरकार ( जन्म: 15 जुलाई, 1925 - मृत्य: 13 मई , 2011) अभिनेता, नाटककार, निर्देशक और इन सबके अतिरिक्त रंगमंच के सिद्धांतकार थे। उन्होंने तीसरा रंगमंच का सैद्धांतिक प्रतिपादन किया, और उसे मंच पर भी उतारा। बादल सरकार ने 'बैचलर ऑफ इंजीनियरिंग' तथा 'टाउन प्लानिंग' में डिप्लोमा की शिक्षा भारत और विदेशों में ली थी। वह भारत के बहुचर्चित नाटककारों में एक थे। सातवें दशक में पूरे देश में उनकी धूम मची थी। मोहन राकेश, विजय तेंडुलकर और गिरीश कर्नाड के साथ बादल सरकार को मिलाने के बाद ही उस दौर का रंगपरिवेश संपूर्ण होता था। उनके नाटक भारी संख्या में हिन्दी में और अन्य भारतीय भाषाओं में मंचित हुए और वे बांग्ला की परिधि से बाहर निकल समग्रता में भारत के नाटककार और भारतीय रंगमंच के अगुआ बने। उन्होंने रंगमंच को प्रेक्षागृह की परिधि से बाहर निकाला। आंगन मंच का सिद्धांत रचा। कम से कम खर्च में नाटक मंचित करना और आमजन के लिए नाटक को नि:शुल्क उपलब्ध कराना उनका लक्ष्य बना। सन् 1956 में बादल सरकार ने अपना पहला नाटक 'सॉल्यूशन एक्स' लिखा।
15 जुलाई, 1925 को कोलकाता के एक ईसाई परिवार में बादल उर्फ सुधीन्द्र सरकार का जन्म हुआ। पिता महेन्द्रलाल सरकार 'स्कॉटिश चर्च कॉलेज' में पढ़ाते थे और विदेशियों द्वारा संचालित इस संस्था के वे पहले भारतीय प्रधानाचार्य बने थे। मां, सरलमना सरकार से बादल सरकार को साहित्य की प्रेरणा मिली। 1941 में प्रथम श्रेणी में मैट्रिक पास करने के बाद वे 'शिवपुर इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेज' में भर्ती हुए और 1946 में वे सिविल इंजीनियर बने। इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेज में पढ़ते समय वे मार्क्सवादी विचारधारा और राजनीति से सघन रूप से जुड़ गए। कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी में सक्रिय रूप से कई वर्षों तक जुड़े रहने के बावजूद, बाद में वे पार्टी राजनीति से अलग हट गए।
-राम श्याम जोदू(1961)
-कवि कहानी (1964),
-बाक़ी इतिहास (1965),
-तीसरी शताब्दी (1966),
-यदि फिर एक बार (1966),
-पगला घोड़ा (1967),
-अंत नहीं (1970),
-सगीना मेहता (1970),
-अबू हसन (1971),
-मिछिल-जुलूस (1974) आदि पुस्तकें
बादल सरकार को वर्ष 1968 में संगीत नाटक अकादमी पुरस्कार, वर्ष 1972 में पद्मश्री, वर्ष 1997 में संगीत नाटक अकादमी-रत्न सदस्य का पुरस्कार मिल चुका है। वर्ष 2010 में भारत सरकार द्वारा उन्हें पद्मभूषण सम्मान दिया गया जो उन्होंने लेने से यह कहकर इंकार कर दिया कि एक लेखक का सबसे बड़ा सम्मान साहित्य अकादमी पुरस्कार वह पहले ही पा चुके हैं।
तीसरा रंगमंच के संस्थापक और भारतीय ग्रामीण पारंपरिक रंगमंच के पुरोधा बादल सरकार का पश्चिम बंगाल की राजधानी कोलकाता में 13 मई 2011 को निधन हो गया। बादल सरकार कैंसर से पीड़ित थे।
Badal Sircar (15 July 1925 – 13 May 2011), also known as Badal Sarkar, was an influential Indian dramatist and theatre director, most known for his anti-establishment plays during the Naxalite movement in the 1970s and taking theatre out of the proscenium and into public arena, when he founded his own theatre company, Shatabdi in 1976. He wrote more than fifty plays of which Ebong Indrajit, Basi Khabar, and Saari Raat are well known literary pieces. A pioneering figure in street theatre as well as in experimental and contemporary Bengali theatre with his egalitarian "Third Theatre", he prolifically wrote scripts for his Aanganmanch (courtyard stage) performances, and remains one of the most translated Indian playwrights. Though his early comedies were popular, it was his angst-ridden Ebong Indrajit (And Indrajit) that became a landmark play in Indian theatre. Today, his rise as a prominent playwright in 1960s is seen as the coming of age of Modern Indian playwriting in Bengali, just as Vijay Tendulkar did it in Marathi, Mohan Rakesh in Hindi, and Girish Karnad in Kannada.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1968 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour in the performing arts by Govt. of India, in 1997.
Badal Sircar, whose real name was 'Sudhindra Sarkar', was born in Calcutta, India. He was initially schooled at the Scottish Church Collegiate School. After transferring from the Scottish Church College, where his father was a history professor, he studied civil engineering at the Bengal Engineering College (now IIEST), Shibpur, Howrah then affiliated with the University of Calcutta. In 1992, he finished his Master of Arts degree in comparative literature from the Jadavpur University in Calcutta.
While working as a town planner in India, England and Nigeria, he entered theatre as an actor, moved to direction, but soon started writing plays, starting with comedies. Badal Sirkar did experiments with theatrical environments such as stage, costumes and presentation and established a new generation of theatre called "Third Theatre". In Third Theatre approach, he created a direct communication with audience and emphasised on expressionist acting along with realism. He started his acting career in 1951, when he acted in his own play, Bara Trishna, performed by Chakra, a theatre group.
Eventually still employed in Nigeria, he wrote his landmark play Ebong Indrajit (And Indrajit) in 1963, which was first published and performed in 1965 and catapulted him into instant fame, as it captured "the loneliness of post-Independence urban youth with dismaying accuracy". He followed them with plays like Baaki Itihaash (Remaining History) (1965), Pralap (Delirium) (1966), Tringsha Shatabdi (Thirtieth Century) (1966), Pagla Ghoda (Mad Horse) (1967), Shesh Naai (There's No End) (1969), all performed by Sombhu Mitra's Bohurupee group.
In 1967, he formed the "Shatabdi" theatre group, and the first production he directed was Ebang Indrajit in 1967, a play about three people – Amal, Bimal, Kamal and a loner Indrajit. In the next five years of its existence the troupe performed several of his plays and had a profound impact on contemporary theatre, especially after 1969 when it started performing plays both indoors and outside amidst people, and evolved the angan manch (courtyard stage) and inspired by the direct communication techniques of Jatra rural theatre form, to eventually become his "Third Theatre", a protest against prevalent commercial theatre establishment. Often performed in "found" spaces rather than rented theatre halls, without elaborate lighting, costumes or make-up, where audience was no longer a passive, rather became participatory, it added a new realism to contemporary dramaturgy, retaining thematic sophistication of social committed theatre all the while, and thus started a new wave of experimental theatre in Indian theatre. In 1976, his group "Satabdi", started performing at Surendranath Park (then Curzon Park) Kolkata on weekends. These open-air and free performances led to his troupe travelling to nearby villages on other weekends, where it employed minimal props and improvised dialogues to involve audience further into the performance.
Though he continued to hold his job till 1975, as a playwright he rose to prominence in the 1970s and was one of the leading figures in the revival of street theatre in Bengal. He revolutionised Bengali theatre with his wrath-ridden, anti-establishment plays during the Naxalite movement.
His plays reflected the atrocities that prevailed in the society, the decayed hierarchical system and were socially enlightening. He is a proponent of the "Third theatre" movement that stood ideologically against the state. Third theatre involved street plays, with actors being attired no differently than the audience. Also the formal bindings of the proscenium theatre was given up. Sarkar's "Bhoma" is an example of a third theatre play, set as always, in an urban background. Starting with Sagina Mahato, which marked his advent into arena stage, his subsequent plays, Michhil (Juloos), Bhoma, Basi Khobor, Spartacus based on Howard Fast's historical novel by the same name, were performed in parks, street corners and remote villages with the audience sitting all around.
Sircar directed his last play in 2003, and after that his movements were restricted after a road accident, but even many years later till 2011 he continued performing at play readings and writing new works like adapting William Shakespeare's Macbeth, two stories by Graham Greene and a novel, History of Love.
Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi awarded the prestigious 'Ammannur Puraskaram' in 2010 for his lifetime achievements in Indian Theatre.The award was presented to him by Girish Karnad during the inaugural function of 3rd edition of International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK)
Sarkar was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2011. He died on 13 May at Kolkata at the age of 85.
Awards and recognition
Sarkar was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1971, the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1972, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1968 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship- Ratna Sadsya, the highest honour in the performing arts by Govt. of India, in 1997, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.
The "Tendulkar Mahotsav" held at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune in October 2005, organised by director Amol Palekar to honour playwright Vijay Tendulkar, was inaugurated with the release of a DVD and a book on the life of Badal Sircar.
In July 2009, to mark his 85th birthday, a five-day-long festival titled Badal Utsava as tribute to him was organised by several noted theatre directors. He was offered the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2010, which he declined, stating that he is already a Sahitya Akademi Fellow, which is the biggest recognition for a writer.