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Mrityu na Hotta

( An Accidental Death of an Anarchist ) 

[ Bengali Play with English supertitles ]

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Director’s Biography

Parthapratim Deb - Playwright, Music, Actor & Director, Nandikar’s production NAACHNI

Playwright, Music, Actor & Co-Director Nandikar’s newest production PANCHAJANYA

Playwright & Drama Baghajatin Alaap new production GOYNAR BAKSHO

Parthapratim experimentation with folk /non-filmy - old / modern Bengali songs, Devotional songs, Rabindrasangeet, Najrulgeeti, Children songs  and specially Theatre songs, resulted in the formation of the band with the name Alaap. Single ‘Simana Periye’ from their debut music Album.

Regular Actor in Nandikar (Reputed theatre organization of India) Productions like- Antigone, Gotraheen, Brechter Khonje, Football, Sojan Badiyar Ghaat, Nana Ranger Din, Ajnatobaas, Amar Priya Rabindranath, Madhabi, etc. Outside Nandikar- Padmanadir Majhi, Palashi, etc. Music Director- Ek Theke Baro, Gotraheen, Jochhona kumarai, etc. Actor & Director – Baghajatin Alaap, like Samparko, Goynar Baksho, Sagina Mahato, Parashmoni, Mahabhoj, Kittankhola,. Playback in– Mahabharata, Khnuje Nao, Shree Shambhu Mitra, Nana Ranger Din, etc.

Directed- during the last decade about 50 Short Plays with school children under Nandikar’s Programs. Trainer in various Projects of Nandikar. Regular dramatics teacher Shrishikshayatan School. Award & Distinction- Scholar & Senior Fellow of Govt. of India. Visited U.S.A. in 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2015 & 2016. Visit to U.S.A., in 2015, 2016 & 2018 to organize workshops with the students of Language Heritage School, New Jersey and stage a drama. Conducted another workshop with children and adult artists of Seattle, New Jersey & Delaware and to perform Bengali musical program and staged “Parashmoni” drama. U.K. in 1998, Scotland in 1998, Sweden in 2002, Canada in 2003, OMAN in 2008, China in 2008, Bangladesh in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 & 2012, Kuwait in 2014, Dubai & Sharjah in 2015





Play by: Dario Fo

Adaptation by: Bibhas Chakraborty

Direction: Parthapratim Deb

Duration: 90 mins


Cast (In the order of appearance)

  • Ananya Banerjee: Debapriya Chatterjee

  • Inspector Ramaniraman: Prabir Basu (Apu )

  • Sergeant Haripriya: Sultana Nahar

  • Inspector Runu Roy: Rehman Mehbubor

  • Superintendent Debi Niyogi: Tina Dutta

  • Manoj Mohon Mohapatra: Arijit Sur

  • Moitreyee Banerjee: Sanskriti Das



  • Light: Subhayu Sarkar

  • Sound: Arup Atarthi

  • Set: Ajanta & Deepayan Bhowmik

  • Subtitle written by: Priyanka Nath

  • Subtitle projection by: Samrat Chatterjee




The play Mrityu na Hatya revolve around a death of a prisoner in police custody.  This tragic incident ironically enough won plaudits for its presentation as an outright comedy. 


State terrorism--court deliberations and official statements are so contradictory, that they cause nothing but laughter. Political motive of the ruling-class for such planned terrorism are fully unveiled today to common citizen. Yet it is not possible for them to know any details about these events or its fact. The media makes little fuss initially, but that's all. All become quiet a few days later. As for the State power and ruling class, they retain their character in history – be it in Dario Fo’s Milan, or in British India, or for that matter in Calcutta during seventies may be, during the present times even.  Our farcical play “Mrityu na Hatya” (Death or Murder) speaks of all this and more.

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