One dance drama and two plays will be staged today at three different halls of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of the ongoing Ganga-Jamuna Theatre and Cultural Festival.
Popular dance troupe Nrityanchal will stage a folk-based dance drama titled ‘Mahua’ at the National Theatre Hall, Dhaka Padatik will stage ‘Hefazat’ at the Experimental Theatre Hall, and Natya Teertha will stage ‘Dweep’ at the Studio Theatre Hall.
Wednesday marks the sixth day of the 10-day festival, organised by Ganga-Jamuna Natyautsab Parshad, which will feature a total of 30 plays by 30 troupes from Bangladesh and India as well as open-air performances by 53 organisations.
Nrityanchal’s Mahua is based on a ballad from Maymensingha Geetika, a collection of folk ballads from the region of Mymensingh. Directed by Shamim Ara Nipa, the tragic drama features a troupe of snake charmers visiting Kanchanpur, a peaceful village where Nader Chand, son of a zamindar, falls in love with the strikingly beautiful Mahua who also reciprocates it.
Mahua’s father Humrah, along with the troupe, flees as he comes to know about the love affair. After much effort Nader Chand finds his love and decides to take her away with him.
On their way to Kanchanpur, the two are attacked by Mahua’s gypsy community. When they capture Chand, Mahua commits suicide with a knife. Chand also takes his life with the same knife.
Dhaka Padatik’s Hefazat, directed by Nader Chowdhury, criticises the government’s indifference towards the powerful quarters despite its knowledge of their involvement in anti-social activities, such as trafficking of women and children.
Natya Teertha’s play Dweep, written by Utpal Dutta and directed by Tapon Hafiz, is about lack of human faith and ideology and its consequences. It shows a man who has lost his principles but is gradually hit by his conscience.
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