The lecture, instituted in memory of Late Professor of English, Calcutta University,Dr.R.K.Sen,D.Lit.,by his son Sri SankarSen, was delivered by eminent theatre personality Professor RudraprasadSengupta. Present on the occasion was Swami Sarvaganandaji, Secretary of the Ashrama, Sri Ram Kumar Mukhopadhyaya, Director of Publications, VisvaBharati, and members of the Senfamily.
Prof. Sengupta, who entitled his talk `Theatre KyanoebongKarJanyo` (Why Theatre and For Whom), spoke at length on the connection between theatre and life. He reminded us of thefamous line in Shakespeare`s `As You Like It` - `All the world is a stage`. We are all actors in our daily life and hence our natural affinity with theatre.Besides, a dramatic performance engages us in a way no other genre of literature, can because experiencing a stage production is virtually living to the moment.On the stage there cannot be any second `take` as in the cinema.
The lecture was well-attended.Students, ex-students,teachers from other colleges and universities, former students of Late RKS thronged in large numbers to make the occasion a huge success.