Bachik Shilpi Sanstha is a forum of the bachik shilpi (elocutionists) of West Bengal who are directly associated with different forms of elocution, especially recitation, shruti natak (audio play)/ story-telling and anchoring. The Kolkata-based organization, governed by an Executive Committee, is registered (Registration No. S/I.L/11918 under West Bengal Societies Act XXVI of 1961).

The Art Form

Elocution is an ability to speak clearly and correctly, especially in public, with pronunciation in a socially-acceptable form. Recitation is an art of saying aloud a piece of poetry or literature already learnt. An elocutionist uses voice as the only medium to express and communicate his or her words or a piece of literature.

The art started in an early age. It was practiced across the world in ancient time for telling stories, describing facts and carrying out religious practices, and also for having religious and political discourses. In India, recitation got a prime place as an art form in the Atharva Veda. The form took newer and newer courses with time.

The art of practicing recitation dates back to the days of Aryan civilization. The chanting of Vedas and Upanishadas used to fill the air of ashramas and tapovanas. Vedas were not written down; recitation was the only way for its communication and preservation. In middle ages, there were bards – the charanas – who used to move from place to place with verses of the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. Apart from those two epics, they used to recite other poems like the tales of Shree Krishna, and pieces from Vaishnava Padavali. Sometimes, they used to recite poems composed by their own as well. Apart from that, in Bengal, we had kirtana and kathakata, where the narrator used entertain people with a combination of poetry, song and music. Elocution took a new shape in Bengal at the time of renaissance when we had excellent orators, narrators, debaters and poetry-recitalists. Poems and songs played a significant role in creating a sense of nationalism and self confidence. It was not very long we had Charan Kabi Mukunda Das and Sabitabrata Datta who motivated rural Bengal through their poetry and music recitals. Dwijendra Lal Roy, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Rabindra Nath Tagore were some of the popular poets of the period of British rule among the poetry recitalists.

Several experimentations have been done with recitation and other forms of elocution in recent past in Bengal. As a result, elocution, especially poetry recital and audio play have been successful to secure a special space in performing art in Bengal.

Who We Are

The legacy of elocution in Bengal and Bengali literature was carried out by artistes like Sambhu Mitra, Kazi Sabyasachi, Debdulal Bandyopadhyay, Pradip Ghosh, Partha Ghosh, Gouri Ghosh, Jagannath Basu, Urmimala Basu, Amiya Chattopadhyay, Utpal Kundu to name a few. Few decades ago some of the senior artistes made an attempt to create a common platform for all the elocutionists of Bengal; but the attempt was not successful. Similar attempt was made once again in 2001 and this time it was a success. Bachik Shilpi Samsad was established on 20th May, 2001, with 44 members including senior and eminent elocutionists of Bengal. Later it was renamed as Bachik Shilpi Sanstha.

Objective of the Bachik Shilip Sanstha (earlier Samsad), is to create a fraternity of Bengali elocutionists to nurture the art through interactions, workshops, seminars, poetry reading sessions and similar other activities. The organization has more than 350 members at present across the state. All the eminent elocutionists are associated with the organization either as advisors or holding responsible positions in the executive body.

Are You Interested?

General Rules for Membership:

  1. Eligibility:
  • Persons associated with one or more forms of Elocution / Communicative Art (বাচিক শিল্প) like Recitation, Audio Acting, Script Reading, or Anchoring are eligible for membership. They should be perform or practice the art to apply for membership. Persons applying for membership should be above 18 years of age.
  • Application should be made is the prescribed format available in the organization against the application fee. A stamp-sized photograph of the applicant and at least one certificate of his/her credential should be submitted along with the application form duly filled in.
  • Application should be made is the prescribed format available in the organization against the application fee. A stamp-sized photograph of the applicant and at least one certificate of his/her credential should be submitted along with the application form duly filled in.
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  1. Categories OF Membership:
  • General Membership is granted to those candidates who fulfill all the membership criteria laid down by the executive committee, qualify for the membership and subsequently pay the stipulated membership fee.
  • Honorary Membership According to the unanimous decision of the executive Committee, eminent social workers, educationists or distinguished personalities of the society may be inducted as Honorary Member of the organization. However, they will not enjoy voting right.



  1. Subscriptions and payments :
  • An applicant will have to pay Rs. 10/ (Ten) for the prescribed Application Form
  • Admission fee, as stipulated by the executive committee, will be collected in full at a time.
  • Annual subscription, as admissible, must be cleared within the month of May each year.
  • Membership will be terminated without notice or intimation, in case a member fails to clear subscription fees for consecutive three or more years.
  • The executive committee may charge fine for late payment of subscription (amount???).
  • Calendar year of the organization starts from the 1st of April and runs till 31st of March
  1. Annual General Meeting and Attendance of Members :
  • The general meeting will be held annually where the Secretary will read out the Annual Report of the organization and will place the annual balance sheet. The agenda will include discussions pertaining to the reports and suggestions for better execution. The date and venue will be notified by the secretary in due course.
  • Apart from the AGM, a special Half Yearly meeting or Assemblage may be conducted. Such a meeting will take place six months after the AGM. The Secretary will inform all the members about the time and venue of the meeting in due course.
  • Emergency meetings: Emergency meetings will be held in urgency as and when required.
  1. Rights and privileges of Members   :
  • General Members and Life Members are entitled to stand as candidate for Executive Body election. They have right to cast vote as well.
  • These members will enjoy the right to take part in the discussions on the reports and accounts placed in the meeting.
  • These members may report any grievance against any other member or dealings in the organization or protest to the Joint Secretaries and seek redressal. But he/she shall not divulge any such things in public or discuss them outside Bachik Shilpi Sanstha.
  • Members may go through the Constitution comprising Memorandum of Association or Articles of Association and may be apprised of the norms and decorum’s of the organization
  1. Responsibilities and Discipline of Members :
  • A member must keep updated information of the organization either visiting the organization office or by telephone at least once in a fortnight.
  • Membership of an individual may be terminated if he/she is found involved in any work that damages the prestige of the organization or any untoward behavior that maligns the development process of the organization.
  • Membership may be terminated if he/ she is found insane or bankrupt.
  • Each and every member will be duty bound to serve the organization for its betterment and development towards a common cause.
  • It is strictly forbidden to divulge internal affairs of the organization in public. Any behavior of a member that tarnishes the image of the organization will be considered breach of discipline.
  • Every member will abide by the rules regarding payment of subscriptions and attendance in meetings.


  1. To develop, enrich and spread the art of recitation, Shruti natak and anchoring throughout the West Bengal.
  2. To develop the quality of bachik performers with value education.
  3. To find out the good bachik performers from all corners of West Bengal.
  4. To assemble the bachik artistes under an umbrella to strengthen the interpersonal relationship and to extend co-operation among each other.


  1. Organizing programs especially on recitation, shtuti natak (Audio Acting), galpo path (Story Telling) in different formats in Kolkata and in other districts with the members.
  2. Organizing Workshop and Seminar and Exhibition on Bachik art in Kolkata and other districts.
  3. New and Innovative productions on recitations and Shruti Nataks (Audio Acting) with selective young artists.

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