Monodrama depicts struggles of artistes

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Aug 12,2017

 
 

Khandaker Shah Alam in Ami — Snigdha Zaman

THE world benefits from creations by creative people like artistes. However, to become an artiste one must make sacrifices and walk a path full of hurdles.
Addressing the challenges artistes have to face, a new monodrama titled ‘Ami’ was premiered by Bangladesh Theatre on Thursday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The play, written by Mahbub Alam and directed by Dr Irin Parvin Lopa, features the story of a theatre activist-singer named Rushdu, who has devoted his life to theatre and music. However, he is seen as an unsuccessful man by the society and his family members.
The play begins with a lonely Rushdu in his room. His wife and daughter have left him as he could not provide for them.
Alone in his room, Rushdu has hallucinations of talking to his wife, daughter and parents. The scene not only reveal him as being schizophrenic but also bring to light anomalies in the society were creative people are pushed to the brink.
Khandaker Shah Alam, general secretary of Bangladesh Theatre, played the character of Rushdu in the play.
‘An artiste has to face many challenges in our society. He has to walk a path full of hurdles. Through the play we have tried to depict the sacrifices artistes have to make to pursue their passion’, said Shah Alam.
A second show of the play was held at the same venue on Friday. 

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