The Badungduppa ( A Socio-Cultural Society ), a rural theatre centre was establish in 1998 at remote Rampur Village, P.O.-Bardamal, P.S and Dist-Goalpara, State: Assam, Country: India and became a registered body in the year 2004 ( regd.No: RS/Goal/251/B/08 of 2004-2005, under the Society Registration Act,1860).
It is the only tribal theatre group actively engaged in making theatre of contemporary meaning using tribalism as a spring board. Our objectives are promotion, propagation and preservation of cultural heritage of the country at large and promotion and enhancement of the theatre movement in particular. Since its inception the theatre centre has been working actively and seriously under the Artistic leader of Sukracharjya Rabha, one of the most distinguished theatre workers, with 25 young and energetic artists of the group.
The group has constructed and is maintaing a permanent workplace named Badungduppa Kalakendra in a remote village called Rampur. The wokplace contains boys and girls dormitory, office, training ground and a small open air stage and a small auditorium. The artistes stay in the Kalakendra round the year, spend their time in practicing, training and performing related research works. Badungduppa Kalakendra is conceptualized as performing laboratory where different cultures of the region iteract, blend and assimilate in search of a new performative language. Now a days not only from the Nort-East of India , but artists and cultural activists from other part of the country as well as abroad come, interact and learn at BAdungduppa.
So far the group has produced 16 plays and performed extensively throughout the country. The group also has taken part and performed in various festivals organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, National School of Drama, Dew Delhi and inernational theatre festival etc. Apart from this group is also regularly organizing theatre festival( Under The Sal Tree Festival), various workshops, traing programme, lecture series for young people of the area.
Life is a continous learning process. We at Badungduppa are commited to go on actively on our long artistic journey as theatre worker in search of a theatrical language of our own.
Sukrachajya Rabha is one of the most active theatre worker of Assam. He is the founder director of Badungduppa, a tribal theatre group of Assam. His most remarkable plays are Rupalism (In Rabha Language, Writer Jyotiprasad Agarwala), Madaiah the cobbler (In Rabha language, writer H.S. Shiva Prakash), Hati aru Fandi(In Bodo Language writer Munin Bhuyan), Lavita (In Nepali language, writer Jyotiprasad Agarwala & To’paidom (Script Sukrachajya Rabha),Dangai (script Sukracharjya Rabha), Dumukchi(Script Sukracharjya Rabha). He performed “Rupalim of Jyotiprasad Agarwala under the scheme of young directors’ festival of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 17th Jan. 2004.
In 2003 Sukrachajya Rabha met H. Kanhailal and influced by Kanhailal’s theatre. Their relationship gradually developed into a Guru-Shishya relation. For two years he was an apprentice under Guru Kanhailal at Manipur Kalakhetra, Imphal. Now he is independently working as director and trying to promote cultural heritage of Rabha community as well as other ethnic groups of North-East India through theatre art. He has received 'Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar' in direction from Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA), New Delhi for the year 2009 and 'Aditya Bikram Birla Kala Kiran Puraskar' from Sangit Kala Kendra, Mumbai for his outstanding performance in the field of theatre for the year 2010. Recently he has received ' Protima Baruah Pande Award-2010' from the All Assam Student Union, Guwahati, Assam.
UNDER THE SAL TREE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2017
Badungduppa Kalakendra, Rampur, has completed 8 glorious years of organising the "Under the Sal Tree" Theatre Festival. The 9th edition of "Under the Sal Tree" will be held in December, 2017. Theatre groups interested in performing in the festival are hereby requested to submit the form below.
The performances are under a canopy of Sal Trees in a village about 200 km west of Guwahati, the audience of about 1500-1700 comprise villagers and urbanites, and no artificial sound system or artificial light is permitted. No plastic too. Daily two performances - at 10 am and 2 pm. Last year groups from India, Sri Lanka, Poland, South Korea and Brazil performed.