USHA GANGULI, a Sangeet Akademi awardee, leading the theatre group Rangakarmee for nearly twenty-five years now, remains essentially an actress who loves to take on challenging roles and seek to grow in the process. Trained as a dancer in the classical Indian modes, she strikes the delicate balance between formal rhythm and reality in the raw. Rangakarmee, which had its inception in January 1976, spearheads the Hindi theatre in Kolkata today, with fourteen productions on its live repertoire.
ANTARYATRA is designed and performed by Usha Ganguli herself. In the play, she attempts to explore the Indian woman's psyche through a melange of characters. It takes us through a very personal and inner-driven journey in theatre. Ganguli has played a variety of women characters (Nora, Himmat Mai, Rudali, Kamla, Anima) on stage and her experiences obviously enrich her one-woman show. ANTARYATRA is a tribute to at least a dozen crucial female heroines played by Ganguli who are representatives of real-life women – each one belonging to a distinct social space and yet bound in some way by the virtue of being a woman.