ABOUT US

Badungduppa (A Socio- Cultural Society), was establish in 1998 at Rampur village P.O.-Bardamal P.S. and Dist.-Goalpara, Assam and became a registered body in the year 2004 (Regd. No RS/Goal/251/B/08 of 2004-2005) under the Assam societies Registration Act XXI of with a firm objective of promoting, propagating, and preserving the cultural heritage in the country at large and promotion and enhancement of theatre movement in North East in particular.

The group has constructed and is maintaining a permanent workplace named Badungduppa Kalakendra in a remote village called Rampur in Goalpara district of Assam. The workplace contains of boys and girls dormitory, office, training ground, two guest houses and a small auditorium.

FOUNDER: LATE DR. SUKRACHARJYA RABHA​

Sukracharjya Rabha was born on 10 April, 1977 in Rampur village of Goalpara District, Assam. A visionary thinker, Sukrcharjya Rabha conceived a unique theatre community in which the practitioners of theatre live and work every day in the community, making theatre a way of life rather than just a profession. The result is Badungduppa Kala Kendra, a one of its kind rural based group in his village. Inspired by the work of Padmabhushan H. Kanhailal and Padmashri H. Sabitri, he went on to receive training under them at Kalakshetra, Imphal, Manipur for two years.

The main objective is to conceive the native forms and structures and transform them on the stage for the common audience. Using Badungduppa as the platform, he directed 26 plays in Rabha, Bodo and Nepali languages during his lifetime that were performed widely in national and international theatre festivals. Through his work in theatre, he promoted the cultural heritage of Rabha community as well as other ethnic groups of North East India. He was the brain behind the prestigious “Under the Sal Tree”, a unique research oriented theatre festival.

He was the recipient of many a prestigious award and recognition including the “Bismillah Khan Yuba Puraskar”, 2009 for Direction from Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi; the “Aditya Bikram Birla Kala Kiran Puruskar”, 2010 from Sangit Kala Kendra, Mumbai.

On June 8th 2018, at the age of 41 years, he passed away after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife and two children.

TEAM

CHEENA RABHA

PRESIDENT​

DHANANJAY RABHA

CREATIVE DIRECTOR​

MADAN RABHA

MANAGING DIRECTOR​

LAKHIKANTA RABHA

SECRETARY​