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In the 70s the word ‘theatre’ didn’t reach the far away village where I was born. It didn’t see television or electric bulb then. Carts and carriages were means of moving and roads were as white as dust. Radio was only the possession of the rich people. And we found our entertainment only in Jatra, Alkap, ManasaGan, Kirtan, Gambhira and other folk forms which depicted different social aspects and conveyed strong messages. Growing up in such glorious folk practises I felt the need to express my thoughts and ideas and found Theatre as the strongest medium, a form which gives my ideas a shape and completeness. Being a passionate theatre lover since my childhood, it always haunts me that, while Malda is fortunate in its heritage of folk songs, relatively few new theatres groups had been built in Malda in my time and before, and less theatre practices prevailed. So I felt the need to form a new theatre group that answers the needs of contemporary audiences and theatre-makers, and will be the home for regular practices and experiments. I along with a few young enthusiasts formed Malda Malancha on 26th August 1993. We’re always aiming to make plays that are challenging, popular and relevant. We know there’s a large audience which has great passion and madness for theatre and love to see it on stage. Malda Malancha is my third venture after I had formed Charianantapur Sanskritik Parishad in 1977 and Agnisikha in 1983, both aimed to produce theatre. I thank all who help us and encourage us in winter or spring, in ups and downs and I express my gratitude to the audience except which we have no existence.