Where the Birds Never Sing
By Soumya Sankar Bose

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Date: August, 2020
Design: Barnali Bose
Pages : 140 pages
Book Video: Vimeo
ISBN : 978-1-5136-6415-6

Details: Book with case, with several tactile elements 21 x 16.5 cm.

Soumya Sankar Bose’s ‘Where the Birds Never Sing’ is a body of work on the Marichjhapi massacre. It traces the forcible eviction in 1979 of Bengali refugees on Marichjhapi Island in Sundarban, West Bengal, India, and the subsequent death of thousands by police gunfire, starvation, and disease.

The book was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Award -First Book(2020) & PHmuseum’s Best Photobooks of 2020.

Let’s Sing an old Song
By Soumya Sankar Bose

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In India:₹1600

Date: August,2021
Design: Barnali Bose
Pages : 120 pages

Details: 28.5 x 10.8 cm.

Soumya Sankar Bose began photographing artistes who are now unemployed but were once gigantic figures of the Jatra, a folk theatre form in India. This work is based mainly on the Jatra artists, characters played by them and the psychology that drives them to be a part of this folk cult form.
Dating back to 16th century, the Jatra is a famous folk theatre form of united Bengal(Bangladesh and West Bengal), employing dialogue, monologue, songs and  instrumental music to tell stories .Jatra pala ,as the plays are called ,are enacted on wooden stages without any barriers between the actors and the audience, facilitating direct communication. The plots vary from India mythology and historical incident to something more contemporary and based on social issues. The partition of India had a major impact on Jatra as artistes in the newly formed East-Pakistan (later Bangladesh), a Muslim majority country, discontinued to enact Hindu religious folktales such as Krishna lila ,Devi thakurani,kongso bodh,kaliadaman etc. On the other side of the border, artistes in west bengal stopped playing Muslim characters such as Siraj-ud-dullah,Shah jahan, Akbar etc. The advent of cinema and TV in the 60s and 70s blew a deadly blow to the theatre art form. In 2013 , over 600 Jatra companies employ over 2,00,000 people but their situation has come to forcing them to often offer free performances.