THEATRE FEST ON WOMEN ISSUES
Plays on legend and liberation stagedMonwarul Islam
The fourth day of the ongoing theatre festival on women issues featured two plays, a legend-based one and another on the lives of biranganas (war-heroines) at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy repertory team staged Bideho at the National Theatre Hall, while theatre troupe BotTala staged Khona at the Experimental Theatre Hall of BSA.
The first ever theatre festival highlighting the women issues titled Nari Jagoroner Natya Ayojon has been organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Written and directed by Shahman Maishan and Lucky Enam respectively, Bideho is a play with an aching story of two biranganas (war-heroines) living on the river sand of the Meghna. These two war-heroines Halima and Shantikumary are of two different religions-Islam and Hinduism. Their beliefs and ways of lives are, therefore, greatly different.
Yet they are alike in suffering and misery. Both of them bears the same scars and blemishes they had to receive during the war of independence. It is their pains and afflictions that bind the otherwise poles apart two women together.
The two women’s recount of their tragic lives brought an ambience of pathos at the hall which had a satisfying number of audiences.
‘Maishan is a playwright of the new generation, yet, the combination of his knowledge and imagination has enabled him to produce a great play. As a director, I believe the play is as good as any play can be on the war-heroines’, said Lucky Enam who directed the play and enacted the role of Halima.
‘The performers were excellent in rendering their characters’, said Shahriar Hasan who enjoyed the play at the hall.
‘The set design and light management were brilliant, evoking a sense of desolation fitting to the theme of the play’, observed Tamanna Shelley, a theatre activist.
At the same time at the Experimental Theatre Hall, a full-house audience enjoyed BotTala’s acclaimed production Khona. Written and directed by Samina Luthfa Nitra and Md Ali Haider respectively, the play is based on the legendary character Khona aka Leelaboti.
The play shows the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of Leelaboti’s tongue getting severed according to her father-in-law’s order, and her becoming of Khona (one who cannot speak).
Khona had to suffer this as she, irrespective of her class character,
persistently mingled with the peasants. She, in fact, became the spokesperson of the peasant class and emerged as a threat to the ruling quarter.
‘Khona has become a symbol wisdom and of protest against the ruling class and the oppressive patriarchy. She, thus, has become perpetually pertinent for our society’, said the director.
‘The performances were energetic and spontaneous’, said Arif Hasan, a student, who enjoyed the play.
‘Nitra was superb in enacting the protagonist’s role’, opined an audience Milton Reza.
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