EMILIO SALGARI AND THE TIGER.
A STORY WRITTEN IN FAR AWAY ITALY, SET IN GUWAHATI 1870
Emilio Salgari and the Tiger
A story written in far away Italy, set in Guwahati 1870
a project by Alessandra Messali
This project is the result of research held during the Guwahati Research Program, Assam (IND), in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Emilio Salgari (Verona 1862, Torino 1911) was a popular Italian writer who published more than 200adventure stories. Although set in exotic locations, he never travelled outside of Italy, gaining inspiration through foreign literature, newspapers, travel magazines and encyclopedias.
In between 1907-1911 Emilio Salgari published four books, Alla conquista di un impero (Quest for a Throne), Il Bramino dell’Assam (The False Brahman), La caduta di un impero (An Empire Crumbles) and La rivincita di Yanez (Yanez’ Revenge) set in Guwahati, at that time under British colonial rule.
In Emilio Salgari and the Tiger, Alessandra Messali worked on these four books analyzing the incongruity between text and context in collaboration with the journalist and historian Kumudeswar Hazarika, Guwahati University (History department, prof. Paromita Das), Cotton College (English department, prof. Santanu Phukan) and Handique Girls' College (English department, prof. Mitali Goswami and Tasrina Iqbal).
With students from the Handique Girls’ College (English department) and with the technical support of Giuseppe Abate she translated the results of the research into a theatre play that was held in the Assam State Museum’ public garden on 26th March 2016.
Actors and Collaborators:
Sandokan: Barsha Deka
Yanez: Phulm Maya Rai
Tremal-Naik: Urmilla Gohain
Kammamuri: Anjeleena Hussain
Surama: Dhyani Mohan
Sindhia: Angana Chakravarty
Pirates: Joyshree Buragohain and Trisha Goswami
Guards: Priti Rani Basumatary and Anamika Das
Tiger: Charusmita Brahma
Fish: Priti Rani Basumatary and Charusmita Brahma
Assamese Narrators: Juri Baishya and Arpita Das
English Narrators: Shazia Hazarika and Shrwana Talukdar
Dancers: Olindita Bennett, Arpita Das, Sanghamitra Das, Chayanika Gogoi, Dhyani Mohan, Runja Priya
Pathak, Nisha Talukdar
Singers: Sharmistha Dutta, Bhaswati Devi Sharma, Bonhishikha Manab, Anamika Saikia
Set Design Director: Giuseppe Abate
Set Designers: Trina Barman, Olindita Bennett, Charusmita Brahma, Ujala Das, Radhika Madhukallya,
Sneha Medhi, Phulm Maya Rai, Vasudha Roy
Make Up Ujala Das, Sneha Medhi, Vasudha Roy,
Production photographer: Khamseng Bohagi
Photography: Tina Choudhury