Theatre depicts loneliness in modern society

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:04, Mar 14,2017

 
 

Motijheel Theatre stages Nishanga Niramay at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Depicting loneliness and alienation of the people living in the modern society, Motijheel Theatre staged Nishanga Niramay at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The play, written by Rabiul Alam and directed by Nazmul Hasan, features Raisa Khanam, an expatriate, whose world turned upside down after death of her husband and son in an accident.
Alone and without anyone left to care for her she starts to find life abroad lonely. She realises that despite the abundance of technology and advanced gadgets, people in the modern world are more self centred. There is little or no social interaction and people are living alienated lives isolated from each other. She returns to Bangladesh to escape from the isolated society of the modern world only to find that life here is not that different.
‘People all over the world have become slaves to modernism which has offered them fancy and updated communication gadgets but in turn has taken away the ability to communicate in the real sense’, says a disheartened Raisa Khanam in the play.
To get rid of her loneliness and help people like her Khanam opens a centre named Nishanga Niramay Kendra (centre for getting rid of loneliness).
One day an aged Mahbub Hasan comes to the centre seeking help. Like Khanam, Hasan too is suffering from loneliness. The two ultimately realise that they need each other’s company.
Other characters in the play are Rahbar, son of Mahbub Hasan, Rahbar’s girlfriend and Ruku.
Motijheel Theatre artistes Nasrin Geeti, Sharmin Sultana, Hossain Ahmed, Nazmul Hasan and Shayla Parvin Piya played different characters in the play.

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