“Uttirna: the latest fad among Kolkata theatres”
While the regular theaters have perks and comfort of their own, we Kolkatans are gradually getting used to the idea of sitting in a theater where we can feel the elements of Mother Nature without much obstruction. The feeling of sitting in an amphitheater, watching a play or a program with the winds gently tossing our hair and the sun beams kissing our cheeks, is an experience worth cherishing.
The latest feather in the cap of Kolkata’s theater experience has been added with the inauguration of UTTIRNA – a unique, multi-facility open air theater in the “Dhana Dhanya” complex near Alipore. It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Uttirna, stands in all its glory, next to the Women’s Correctional Home in Alipore.
This place was a wasteland before but now it has been beautifully transformed into a state-of-the-art open-air theater comprising of a stage, green room, banquet hall, food court, media centre, cafeteria, conference room and other services. It can accommodate up to 2,000 people at a time. It also has a terrace that has a canopy of inverted umbrella along with some seating arrangements.
The two-acre compound also has a six-storey building that houses several facilities — 10,000 sq ft of office space, guest rooms, dormitories and even a rooftop café. Ramps have been built for people needing mobility assistance to reach any of the floors without much difficulty.
The open theater also has an elevator that artists can use to move their props to the storage facility in the 20,000sq ft basement. Performers can also wait in the basement and come up to the dais using the elevator when their turn comes.
Uttirna is a cultural complex that is poised to be an excellent facility for cultural events, performing arts, exhibitions, seminars and conferences in Bengal.