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Nandikar is a premier theatre group based in Kolkata, India. The group was first formed under Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay and after a few years shifted to the guidance of Rudraprasad Sengupta. The group is well known for organizing the Nandikar National Theatre Festival which is one of the biggest theatre carnivals of the country. Besides showcasing its plays in India, the group has also travelled to UK, Canada, USA, Sweden, Germany, Bangladesh and many other countries. It is mainly known for its thought-provoking Bengali plays.

The group came into prominence more after its members Rudraprasad Sengupta and Swatilekha Sengupta became winners of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award. The group has produced more than 49 full-length plays and about 44 short plays. Nandikar has also forayed into research and documentation of theatre. It has 27 uninterrupted National Theatre Festivals to its credit. It also imparts training to youth theatre workers; school, colleges and universities teachers; variously challenged children, corporate executives and so on. Nandikar has initiated a Theatre-in-Education programme which focuses on working with deprived children.


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