Theatre based on Chandidas’ biography stagedCultural Correspondent
Ethic Theatre staged Chandidas upholding the spiritual love between the medieval poet Chandidas and low cast woman Rajakini at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
The play does not focus on the philosophy of Chandidas, the author of the medieval masterpiece ‘Shreekrishna Kirtana’, who is famous asserting ‘assertion Shobar upor manush shotto tahar upore nai [Above all is humanity, none else].’
Mintu Sardar’s play Chandidas, rather deals with an imaginary love between the vaisnava poet and a low caste Rajakini [a female cloth washer], which has no historical basis, but fabricated by the poets of vaisnavism.
The play, however, depicts how the glorifier of humanism had been executed by the fanatic Brahmins in charge of falling in love with a low caste woman.
Despite a potential storyline, the play directed by Apu Shaheed fails to draw attention of the audience partly for a mediocre composition and mostly for very poor acting.
The director has even failed to utilise the easy way of getting the audience attention in such of ballad based productions those usually present some good music. Instead of presenting wonder songs composed by Chandidas, the play features mediocre love songs in substandard manner.
A modest number of audiences gathered to enjoy the play.
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