‘An extraordinary odyssey’ BBC Radio 4 on Siddhartha Bose’s Kalagora
by Siddhartha Bose
Directed by Russell Bender
How far would you go to resist oppression? What would you choose to remember, and what to forget?
It is 1932 in occupied Bengal. A young revolutionary prepares to storm a whites-only club in Chittagong, an act of defiance that will end in her taking her own life. The sign above the club reads No Dogs, No Indians.
Decades later, an aspiring intellectual born in post-independence Kolkata is in love with all things British: Shakespeare, cricket, The Beatles. But as he contemplates the past and imagines his children’s future, he begins to question his own identity.
Now in 2017, a man returns from London on the news of his father’s death. In the New India, he encounters steel magnates, supermodels and tech millionaires, but is haunted by ghosts from the past.
Three intertwining stories explore the effects and legacy of the British in India in a powerful new play by poet and playwright Siddhartha Bose to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.
Writer Siddhartha Bose gives us the low-down on his new play.