HISTORY OF ORIGIN OF CFP
PERIOD 1 - 1988-2001
CFP was established on May 18, 2005 under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961. Before its establishment, at the same address, situated was another organization named PARIBARTAK SANSKRITIK SANGHA. The History of Origin of CFP is the History of Paribartak Sanskritik Sangha.
Paribartak Sanskritik Sangha was established in 1992 by a batch of youngsters at Shibpur in the district of Howrah in West Bengal, India. Their average age was about 14 and range of their age was about 7 years. The actual preparation did start in December 1988, when a few local children expressed an intention to perform some songs and dances in the morning of the 1st January. They were patronized by their guardians.
After their first performance on 1st January, they started to arrange such program twice in every year. The programs were held in a room at the ground floor of a house with an open to the lane beside it. So, neighborhood people used to enjoy the programs. In 1992, when the boys and girls became a bit more encouraged and the room seemed to them to be not that spacious to provide for them all, they decided to shift to the stage-room of a nearby school. Before that, from 1989 to 1992, they used the name Kishore Natya Goshtthy (means Teens' Theatre Group) to refer to themselves, although they did not practiced or performed only theatre.
In 1992, the name seemed to them not going to last long, as they were not going to be young for ever. They wanted some name more significant and long-lasting. Moreover, they understood that they were very important, because, they have changed some important things in the course of daily life in their neighborhood. They were just not occasional amateur performers, they introduced some sense of unity and a healthy cultural environment. So, they, without looking at far, did take the name Paribartak (means Changers). To be very particular, the date was May 1, 1992. The date had no special significance. It was, for them, just a date prior to another cultural program.
After establishment of the Paribartak Sanskritik Sangha on May 1, 1992, the next major administrative restructure was introduced on September 16, 2001. One can call it a rebirth. But, before that, a brief of the 9 years in between should be accounted.
In 1992, the first major program of Paribartak was held in the stage-room of a school with almost 150 spectators, all from neighborhood. In that program, the main attraction was a script based up on the Characters created by Satyajit Ray, the renowned Film Director and Writer, who died on April 21, 1992.
In 1993, the main attraction was a script based up on the advent of the new century (1400) according to the Bengali calendar.
In 1995, the program shifted from the school to a local hall. In that program Paribartak was proud to present Mr. Kaji Kamal Naser, who is a famous singer in the stream of the modern Bengali songs. A theatre was performed by the members, - De Tali (means "Give Claps"), completely written and produced by Paribartak.
In 1996, in the same hall, Paribartak was proud to present Miss Lopamudra Mitra, another famous singer of the same stream with a specialty on singing with lyrics of poems. Paribartak presented own theatre, - Ekti Jharer Raat (means "A Night Full of Storms").
In 1997, in the same hall, Paribartak was honored to present Mr. Subhendu Maity, who can be said to be the Father of the new stream Bengali songs emerging especially after 1990. He had specialty on Folk Songs. In this year, Paribartak presented one more theatre of its own, - Prastuti (means "The Preparation"). In the same year, Paribartak presented a street theatre Jhilik in a local festival pandal.
In 1998, Paribartak left the local hall to go to a more sophisticated one located further away - Howrah Sarat Sadan. This year, members of Paribartak presented a Band. No theatre was performed this time. In the same year, Paribartak was called by the Howrah Zilla School in its program at Howrah Sarat Sadan Hall 1 for a band performance and Paribartak attained there memorable success.
In 1999, Paribartak made an attempt to spread itself in the neighbor district - Kolkata. A program was arranged in "Muktangan Rangalaya", where Mr. Abhra Ghosh, a genius young singer, was proudly presented by Paribartak. A theatre also was produced. This time, it was Lakshmaner Shaktishel (means "Lakshmana Shell-shocked") in a slightly revised form. This is a very well-known play written by Sukumar Ray, the father of Satyajit Ray and also the Father of Nonsense Literature in Bengali. The performers in this program were almost all from Kolkata. They were the first members of Paribartak in Kolkata.
In the years 1994 and 2000, nothing was done.