The essence of ‘Journey’ is to start something. What began in 2002 with an idea and a set of scribbles has culminated into a form of participatory theatre that has erased the line between the stage and the audience. On 26th January, 2015, Bibhaban, in association with Proscenium Art Centre, presented ‘Journey’, an open theatre initiative. Bibhaban rightfully describes itself as “A system for those who love theater, live for theater or perhaps do theater to live.”
Rahul Jha, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, was overjoyed to have participated in the workshop after a break of two years from all theatrical activities. Sreya Das, a working professional, who had no prior experience in theatre, wanted to explore the world. So on spotting an advertisement about an Open Theatre Workshop, she contacted Bibhaban and roped herself in only to be surprised by the satisfaction that theatre brings to both the participants and the audience. Eminent baul singer, Bhakta Das Baul performed a satirical number on his Dotara while Somali Mukherjee and Soumik Mukherjee lent their soulful voices to some Rabindra Sangeet, Lokgeeti and Adhunik songs.
Supriyo Samajdar, the founder of Bibhaban, opined that theatre does not need to be extravagant. It is not about showing off. He also expressed his concern about how the media is slowly taking control over our thoughts and expressions so much so that we have lost the ability to think and take decisions on our own. Human beings have indeed become secluded over time and amidst that, ‘Journey’ has provided us with some time to hold our hands in unision.