Theatre troupe Group Theatre Opera staged its production ‘Hayabat Jung Bahadur’, which addresses different socio-political issues in the country, at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.
Hayabat Jung Bahadur, written and directed by Said Tareque, brings to light different issues in the country through a fictional scenario where Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, decides to visit Bangladesh one night to solve all socio-political issues in the country. However, he ultimately fails to bring any change.
The play also features other characters related to Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah like Aleya and Mir Jafar and contemporary characters like rickshaw puller, journalist and others. The production narrates the story combining speech, gesture, music, sound and spectacle–which are elements of traditional performance art jatra.
The director of the play Said Tareque told New Age that he has included elements from jatra so that the audience gets the flavor of both jarta and mainstream theatre.
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