Nityapuran returns to stage

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:15, Nov 11,2017

 
 

A scene from Nrityapuran. — Snigdha Zaman

Theatre troupe Desh Natok held a show of its play Nityapuran after a twelve-year hiatus at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
The play, adapted by Masum Reza, revolves around Ekalavya, a character from the epic Mahabharata.
Desh Natok staged the play with a new look, new cast, new set and costumes.
‘Desh Natok stopped holding shows of its acclaimed play Nityapuran in 2005 and after the death of actor Dilip Chakraborthy in 2012, who acted as Ekalavya in the play, we thought the play would never be staged again’, said Masum Reza, playwright and director of Nityapuran.
Now after all this years we are bringing the play back to stage to honour the memory of Dilip, whose portrayal of Ekalavya made it a successful play, added Reza.
Mamun Chowdhury, the new actor playing Ekalavya, proved himself as a quite competent actor.
Among others, Kamal Ahmed, Firoz Alam, Lorence Ujjal Gomez, Hossain Nirob, Mainul Hasan and Samapon Sarkar, who played the Pandava brothers and their guru Dronacharya, performed brilliantly.
Bonna Mirza, who has acted in earlier shows of Nityapuran as Draupadi, was a combination of beauty and brilliance.
The story of Ekalavya in the play Nityapuran do not match with the original story in The Mahabharata.
In the ancient epic Ekalavya is a short character, a young aspirant warrior of lowborn, whose dreams of becoming a master archer and warrior were crushed after he became aware that due to his lowborn
lineage he can neither learn archery nor become a warrior.
In Nityapurana Ekalavya surpasses all greatest warriors including Arjuna and questions the dignity of the Pandavas and the society they have built to protect themselves and their likes.
‘Any lowborn can emulate you and your skills if they are given the opportunity’, says Ekalavya, a true representative of the underclass.
The show was highly enjoyed by a houseful audience. A second show of the revived production was staged on Saturday at the same venue.

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