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Tramjatra Documentary 2017 Indian Film Festival Melbourne

Posted Wed 2/8/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

TRAMJATRA DOCUMENTARY - INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE - WORLD PREMIER

Tuesday, August 22, 07.30PM | HOYTS Melbourne Central. Closing Night. 2017 is a big year for Tramjatra in Melbourne. First up we have the screening of the Tramjatra Documentary directed by long time Tramjatran Mahadeb Shi. Tramjatra details the unexpected and incredible relationship struck between Melbournian tram conductor Roberto D’Andrea and Kolkata's Trammie community of Kolkata, India. When India’s Minister of Transport deems Kolkata’s tram lines to be obsolete, D’Andrea finds himself unexpectedly thrust into advocacy - not just for old tram lines, but for a people’s history, culture, and art. Tramjatra documentary Director Mahadeb Shi will join Roberto in Melbourne to present the film. Director Mahadeb Shi. Cast Roberto D'Andrea, Mick Douglas, Dr Debasish Bhattacharya, Jayanta Basu, Andy Miller, Craig Allen, Kolkata's Tramway Workers, Whole 9 Yards, the Tram-loving Citizens of Kolkata and a cast of thousands.

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20th anniversary Tramjatra short film promo

Posted Wed 31/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Tramjatra's film maker Mahadeb Shi has edited a new short 4.20 minute short promo which includes for the first time footage from the 20th anniversary Tramjatra in Kolkata - India in December 2016.
Melbourne - Australia and Kolkata - India are 2 of the rare surviving tramways of continuous use outside of Europe. Since 1994, a group of artists, activists, tramway workers and enthusiasts have departed Melbourne and Kolkata on a ‘Tramjatra’. the film has snapshots of 20 years of Tramways friendship.

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2016 Tramjatra 20th anniversary - Storming Kolkata by Tram - tram theatre by Whole 9 Yards

Posted Wed 31/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Tramjatra loves tram tradition so for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra we wanted to share another piece of Melbourne's artistic tram history and celebrate tram theatre. Mahadeb Shi and I talked about producing a tram play where performers would be 'embedded passengers'. Enter Storming Kolkata by Tram! Inspired by 2 Melbourne Tram plays called Storming Mont Albert and Storming St Kilda by Tram from the 1980's and early 90's. I saw both these plays in Melbourne and loved them both. A tram-street play on the environmental benefits of tramways to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra between Kolkata and Melbourne. Written and Directed by Abhrajit Sen. Cast : Sayantan Banerjee, Soumyajit Dey, Suhotra Mukhopadhyay, Tanika Basu, Monomita Chaudhury, Prosun Saha and Meghatithi Banerjee. Abhrajit's writing notes say that the play will be colloquial, modern, contemporary and funny. Humour is essential to keep the audience entertained while we psychologically enter the mind of the spectators. Thunderous energy from actors and musicians. The Storming Kolkata by Tram play travelled on board the 20th anniversary tram and spontaneously broke out into song. Connie Roberto joined in and the play was performed at terminuses, goomptys and depots across Kolkata.

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2016 Tramjatra - 20th anniversary performance tram conducting - connie-ing Kolkata

Posted Wed 31/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

20th anniversary connie-ing and tram conducting Kolkata. Images of Tramjatra's Roberto D'Andrea conducting Kolkata with a new series of pro-tram tramcards, freindship tickets and a series of native animal flora and species cards to link trams to a healthy environment and clean air. 20th anniversary Tramjatra had Whole 9 Yards performing the "Storming Kolkata by Tram" play and Roberto as a performing connie. A 20th anniversary exhibition was mounted inside the the decorated tram in the advertising racks. We tracked Kolkata on all routes except B.B. Ganguly Street which is closed to trams. Roberto reflecting on 20 years of tramways friendship : Tramjatra "zindabhad zindabhad". Kolkata I've fallen into your loving arms, been magnetised by your friendship and enjoyed riding with you on your rare surviving tramcars. We've celebrated rare surviving tram tradition and decorated many a tramcar together. From Belgatchia to Brunswick, Ballygunge to Box Hill, Shambazzar to St Kilda Beach and Richmond to Rajabazzar I've loved being with you. You've harboured a critically endangered Melbourne tram conductor,

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra media - Bengali Newspapers

Posted Fri 26/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Media coverage from the launch of the 20th anniversary Tramjatra in the Esplanade on Saturday December 10. This time mostly in the Bengali language press. Covered extensively by the El Samaj (Times of India Bengali edition). Translations to follow

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra launch / Saturday December 10

Posted Fri 26/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

20th Anniversary Tramjatra launch on Saturday December 10. Tramjatra launches are colourful affairs with the Tramjatra tram tracking into the central Kolata early to have garlands of flowers placed inside and out. A stage is set up and chairs for the audience. The media comes along for the ride and this time around we have Whole 9 Yards set to perform Storming Kolkata by Tram. Preeti had her photographic students along for the ride. This time around for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra we've had a screening of the Tramjatra short doco in the Kolkata International Film Festival in November 2016. Here's a few pics from the launch which was held in central Kolkata in the Esplanade precinct near the CTCs Fleet Operation headquarters.

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra “Storming Kolkata by Tram” Nonapukur Rehersals by Whole 9 Yards

Posted Wed 24/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Tramjatra loves tram tradition so for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra we wanted to prepare a tram play that had links to two great Melbourne tram plays called Storming Mont Albert and Storming St Kilda by Tram. Before heading to Kolkata in mid 2016, Mahadeb Shi and I talked about a producing a play we would like to call "Storming Kolkata by Tram". We wanted performers to be 'embedded passengers' just like the Storming Mont Albert and St Kilda by Tram plays. Mahadeb engaged a Kolkata performance troupe called Whole 9 Yards who are a lovely young and enthusiastic performance troupe. The play was based on Mahadeb's 20th anniversary short film which had screened at the 2016 Kolkata International Film Festival. A street play on the environmental benefits of tramways celebrating the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra and the friendship between Kolkata and melbourne. Here's some pics from the rehersal phase at the Nonapukur Tram Workshops. So while the tram was being painted and decorated.

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra Tram decoration at the Nonapukur Workshops Kolkata

Posted Wed 24/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

This post covers the decoration of the 20th anniversary Tramjatra tram at the Nonapukur Tram Workshops. It's the first week in December 2016 and Tramjatra for the first time in it's history has kept a active and up to date social media presence via facebook. To our surprise thanks to Craig Pico Allen who was here as a Connie in 2012 and Souroshanka Maji we connect with many tram enthusiasts, artists and tram activists. The 20th anniversary tram has Nonapukur Workshops staff like artist-trammie Ujjal Dhar are joined by artists Priyanka and Bipro and enthusiats like Souroshanka, Anurag and Raunak designing and painting the tram. The design is inspired by Bushra and Roberto's art and has a mix of past designs to celebrate 20 years of tramways friendship. It's in effect out greatest hits tram. We had around 20 different people painting the tram.

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra - decorating CTC - WBTC tram 247 at the Nonapukur Workshops

Posted Wed 17/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

In traditional fashion after arriving in Kolkata for a new Melbourne - Kolkata Tramjatra we head to the head office of the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) at their in central Kolkata near BBD Bagh. It's here were we meet with Shri Nilanjan Sandilya, Managing Director of the CTC, which has joined with the government run buses and is now called the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC). we present what we'd like to do for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra through December and updates on what is happening with trams in Melbourne, Super Stops, Preston Workshops expansion and the local building of E Class Trams in Dandenong. After long discussions with a couple of servings of sweet Chai tea it's time to head to the Nonapukur Workshops to meet Works manager Mr Ghosh and our long time tramjatra friend Mr Rama Pada Chatterjee. We select Park Circus Tram 247 and asap will start decorating the tram at the Nonapukur Tram Workshops. 

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra December 2016

Posted Tue 9/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Friday December 2 - 2016 : Great to be back in West Bengal and Kolkata for the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra which started out in 1996 as the Melbourne Calcutta Tramways Friendship. The 1st decorated tram was Belgatchia tram 349. Back then Belgatchia Depot had a depot to depot relationship with South Melbourne Depot. This will be the 12th tram decorated in Kolkata while it's 5 in Melbourne. We've been given a warm welcome back at the WBTC (formerley CTC head office) by Joint MD Shri Nilanjan Sandilya and many a trammie friend. Staying this time around at Mahadeb's in south Kolkata not far from the Tollygunge Tram Depot. 3 days in Kolkata and the tramjatra ball is well and truely rolling. 1st up the traditional name of the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) has changed to the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC). Mahadeb and I have selected Tram 247 which is a Park Circus Tram. The 20th anniversary Tramjatra will this year be staged out of Gariahat Depot with tram decoration at the Nonapukur Workshops as we've done in 2012 (Paribeshbandhu) and 2013 (Gitanjali)

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