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Thema Books - Shatabarshiyan Jyotirindra Moitra Nishir Dak: Smriti Niyey Chhelekhela
[The Call of the Night: Playing with Memories: a collection of memorial pieces] Sumanta Banerjee
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. Vi + 124 pp. Rs. 160 ISBN 978-93-81703-28-1
A collection of charming memoiral pieces by the noted political commentator and social historian Sumanta Banerjee, who reminisces on his friends and colleagues—colourful personalities all—to weave together a remarkable tapestry of politics-culture-history and journalism during from the ’60s to the ’80s.
Onek Mukh Onek Muhoorta
Mrinal Sen. Compiled by Sibaditya Dasgupta
Thema Books - Onek Mukh Onek Muhoorta
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. xii + 129 pp. Rs. 150 ISBN 978-93-81703-42-7

A collection of 35 memoiral essays by Mrinal Sen—some in a sombre mood as he reminiscences, some in that inimitable tongue-in-cheek style of his—all carrying the unmistakable stamp of a deeply committed and political human being who has taken pride in standing up for his ideals. Detailed notes by Samik Bandyopadhyay on personalities, events and films enrich this volume that will be a delight for cultural history scholars, film scholars and general readers alike.

Thema Books - Shatabarshiyan Jyotirindra Moitra Shatabarshiyan Jyotirindra Moitra
Edited by Samik Bandyopadhyay and Sibaditya Dasgupta
Hb. 14 x 22 cm. x + 414 pp. 28 b/w Photographs. Rs. 500 ISBN 978-93-81703-30-4
Special Centenary Tribute. A collection of critical and memoiral essays on poet, lyricist and composer Jyotirindra Moitra (1911-77); two selections of his poems, compiled and introduced by Alokeranjan Dasgupta and Samik Bandyopadhyay; 20 plates of rare photographs; facsimiles from notebooks; the most exhaustive compilation of 127 letters by Jyotirindra Moitra written to some of the greatest minds of our time, with detailed editorial annotations on personalities, events, happenings and places, weaving together a fascinating socio-political and cultural history of the times. A genealogical table and a unusual chronology that interlaces events in the life of Moitra with texts on those events from his own reminiscences, or by his friends, peers and contemporaries will be a special treat for readers.
Edited by Samik Bandyopadhyay, Subir Dutta and Ratan Khasnobis
Thema Books - Sripanthadarpan
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. viii + 168 pp. Rs. 275 ISBN 978-93-81703-32-8

A collection of essays in memory of journalist, scholar and social historian Nikhil Sarkar (1932-2004), who wrote under the pseudonym ‘Sripantha.’ This book also includes a selection of letters written to Sripantha by some of the most creative and talented minds of our time; facsimiles from his notebooks and sketches; and 16 plates of rare black and white photographs—all recreating and celebrating Nikhil Sarkar’s commitment to meticulous detail in everything that he did.

Thema Books - Maya Ghosh: Mancha-i Jeeban Maya Ghosh: Mancha-i Jiban
[Maya Ghosh: A Life on Stage] Rusati Sen
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. vi + 97 pp. 30 b/w Photographs. Rs. 130 ISBN 978-93-81703-20-5
The first ever critical appraisal of this wonderfully talented actress of Bengali theatre (based on extensive and candid interviews with the author) who acted in memorable roles in several groundbreaking productions from the 1960s to the 1990s. Enriched with rare archival photographs and memorabilia.
Hindi Theatre in Kolkata: Shyamanand Jalan and His Times. Edited by Pratibha Agarwal and Samik Bandyopadhyay. [In the series Natya Shodh Sansthan Interviews]
Thema Books - Hindi Theatre in Kolkata - Edited by Pratibha Agarwal and Samik Bandyopadhyay
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. xii+123 pp. Rs. 200 ISBN 978-81-86017-80-7

Interviews with Shyamanand Jalan (1934 – 2010), distinguished theatre director, actor and film maker, and his colleague, Pratibha Agarwal, and excerpts from his working diaries provide an account of Hindi theatre interacting with the Bengali theatre in Calcutta.

Thema Books - Sangeetsurya Ustad Amir Khan - Pandit Tejpal Singh Dr Prerana Arora and Meena Banerjee NEW
Sangeetsurya Ustad Amir Khan: Jeebanakatha, Sangeetakeerti O Bandish Sangraha [In Bengali]

Pandit Tejpal Singh and Dr Prerana Arora. Translated from Hindi by Meena Banerjee
Hb. 18.5 x 24.5 cm. x+148 pp. 28 b/w photographs. Rs. 350. ISBN 978-81-86017-67-8
An anthoritative biography of Ustad Amir Khan (1912-74), a master vocalist in Hindusthani Classical Music, with an analysis of his performance style, and his complete bandishes with notations.
Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays
G P Deshpande
Thema Books - Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays - G P Deshpande
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. xii +127 pp. Rs 150.
ISBN 978-81-86017-68-5

A study of the politics of culture, read through Chinese literature, the Buddhist and Bhakti traditions, philosophical discourse in modern Marathi, a recent visit to Pakistan, and the progressive cultural movement in India.

Thema Books - Bado Badir Chhoto Smriti - Smriti Mitra Bado Badir Chhoto Smriti
Smriti Mitra
Year 2011
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. xii + 108 pp. 16 rare b/w photos. Rs 100
ISBN 978-93-81703-04-5
Reminiscences of life in two of the most illustrious houses of North Calcutta, bringing in rare insights into a life and world of the elite that has faded into the past.
Mor Bandhu Kajalbhomra
Kali Dasgupta
Thema Books - Mor Bandhu Kajalbhomra - Kali Dasgupta
Hb. 11 x 18.5 cm. vi + 108 pp. Rs 50. Bengali ISBN 81-86017-66-6

A radical folk singer’s thoughts on Bengali folk songs and his collection of traditional songs.

Thema Books - Hindustani Sangeetey Tansener Sthan - Birendrakishore Roychaudhuri Hindustani Sangeetey Tansener Sthan [Tansen’s Contribution to Hindustani Music]
Birendrakishore Roychaudhuri
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. 142 pp. 11 rare b/w photos. Rs 100. Bengali ISBN 81-86017-65-8
This revised Thema edition brings together a rare musicological text, enriched with rare archival photographs of the maestro and select correspondence with Baba Alanddin Khan Pandit S N Ratanjhankar.
Shanta Devi
Thema Books - Purbasmriti - Shanta Devi
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. viii + 178 pp. Rare b/w photographs. Rs 140. Bengali. ISBN 81-86017-61-5

This revised Thema edition brings together a rare selection of correspondence between Shanta Devi and Kalidas Nag from 1922-25, along with the author’s memoirs.

Thema Books - Galpo O Tar Goru - Arun Nag Galpo O Tar Goru
Arun Nag
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. x + 138pp. Rare photographs. Rs 100
ISBN 81-86017-56-9
Essays on nonsense, fantasy, photography, archaeology, history and related topics by a brilliant scholar of the history of knowledge.
Ketaki Dutta: Nijer Kathay, Tukro Lekhay [Ketaki Dutta: in her own words and fragmentary pieces]
Compiled by Samik Bandyopadhyay
Thema Books - Ketaki Dutta: Nijer Kathay, Tukro Lekhay - Compiled by Samik Bandyopadhyay
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. 128pp. More than 30 rare b/w stills. Rs 100
ISBN 81-86017-62-3.

Ketaki Dutta reveals in her candid reminiscences her training in the theatre under the legendary Sisirkumar Bhaduri and Prova Devi; while reflecting on later acting techniques and recollecting the day to day struggles of being a performer on stage and screen.

Thema Books - Ranjabati: A Dancer and Her World: Selected Writings of Ranjabati Sircar - edited and introduced by Aishika Chakraborty Ranjabati: A Dancer and Her World: Selected Writings of Ranjabati Sircar.
edited and introduced by Aishika Chakraborty.
Year 2011
Hb. 18.5 x 24.5 cm. x+189 pp. 35 b/w and 13 colour photographs. Rs 400. ISBN 978-93-81703-03-8
A comprehensive selection of the dance writings of Ranjabati Sircar (1963-99)—essays, seminar papers, interviews, reviews, production notes; with photographs by Avinash Pasricha, Dayanita Singh, Ray Clark; and a long critical introduction by the editor.
Behind The Glitz
Exploring An Enigma Called Indian Film Industry

Someswar Bhowmik
Thema books - Behind The Glitz - Someswar Bhowmik
130 pp. Pb. ISBN 978-81-86017-61-6. Rs 80. NEW.

In generating craze, creating hype, engendering glamour and promoting extravaganza, the glittering and apparently burgeoning face of the Indian film industry masks an enigma. This book offers an analytic historiography, identifying and examining the macro aspects of the phenomenon, in terms of its source of capital, nature of investment, production organization, scale of activities, distribution networks and market forces.

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