Rabindranath Tagore’s Kal Mrigaya and Jasimuddin’s Kabar were staged as part of a dance drama festival at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.
It was the third day of the eight-day festival organised jointly by Bangladesh Nritya Shilpy Sangstha and the academy.
Rajshahi-based troupe Dhrupodalok staged Kal Mrigaya, directed by Ladli Mohan Mitra, while Dhaka-based Dibbo Sangskritik Sanghatan staged Kabar, directed by Dipa Khandokar.
Kal Mrigaya, which is based on the Indian epic Ramayana, depicts the tragic story of King Dashrath who went hunting in a jungle where Andhamuni, a blind sage, lived in a hermitage with his son and daughter.
On one stormy night, the sage's son went out to fetch water from a river and the king killed him accidentally, mistaking him for a deer. After being informed about his son’s death, the hermit curses the king that he will never be happy in his life.
The king asks for forgiveness to which the hermit agrees, but the curse persists, and the people of his kingdom suffer from great miseries.
Kabar, adapted from Jasimuddin’s classic poem of the same title by Dipa Khandokar, was staged later in the evening.
It is a touching story of an old man who takes a walk to a graveyard with his grandson, and tells him how his wife, son and daughter died.
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