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Post Nandigram firing, the Communists are shooting at another movement: the theatre

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Successful director Bratya Basu is one of the CPI(M)'s targets. He told Outlook: "All my earlier plays received a surfeit of call shows. But over the past one year, such invites have dipped to some two per cent of what I used to receive—that's soon after I started speaking out against what happened at Nandigram. I've been advised to stop criticising the government and concentrate only on my theatre."

Call shows are the lifeline of theatre groups. The invitations come from educational institutions, local clubs and cultural associations. Notes Bibhas Chakraborty, who resigned as Paschim Banga Natya Akademi president, protesting the police firing in Nandigram in March 14 last year: "The CPI(M) operates at various levels—often in an insidious manner. It is well known that the party dominates the state's cultural sphere. It has been using its clout to stop invites coming to people like us."

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