Theatre addresses disputes on liberation war

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:44, Jan 10,2018

 
 

A scene from Amie Tumi staged at Dhaka University’s TSC on Tuesday.— Sourav Laskar

A theatre addressing the disputes on some narratives regarding the history of liberation war was staged at Dhaka University’s TSC on Tuesday.
The play, titled ‘Amie Tumi’, raises common questions—who was the announcer of the war? Was it a liberation war or war of independence?-- through an innovative way and also delivers the message that such disputes regarding the facts of the war has sharply divided the society.
Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University students staged the play, written by Ehsan Hafiz and directed by Mahedi Tanjir, as part of the Colours of Life Theatre Festival organised by Dhaka University Drama Troupe.
Amie Tumi, a dramatisation of a part of Ehsan Hafiz’s novel titled ‘E O She O’, addresses these questions through the treatment process of an imaginary character, who was born just after the liberation.
A scientist, who treats the person with an innovative gadget named kalantar, makes the patient recall his past with an attempt to unearth the cause of the disease.
Subsequently, the patient recalls his past from the day when he was just a fetus in the womb of his mother. And the drama visualises historical events and characters like Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Ziaur Rahman, Tajuddin Ahmed, Indira Ghandi and others.
In the play Amie Tumi, the ailing person represents citizens of Bangladesh when the disease symbolically represents division among the people caused by ongoing dispute regarding the facts of the war, director of the play Mahedi Tanjir said.
‘We still witness instable situation in the country as we are sharply divided while narrating the history of war,’ Mahedi said.

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