Theatre promotes disappearing words

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:30, Feb 17,2018


Katha O Kahini stages Nikhoj Shangbad at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.— Snigdha Zaman

To revive the beautiful Bangla words which once enriched our language and have now become almost extinct theatre troupe Katha O Kahini staged its production Nikhoj Shangbad at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
The play has been written by Syed Gousul Alam Shaon, Reza Arif and Adnan Adib Khan and directed by Reza Arif. Veteran actor Tariq Anam Khan is the advisory director of the play.
Nikhoj Shangbad revolves around a boy named Rajarshi who struggles to keep up with the so-called ‘smart’ trend of irrelevant mixing of English and Bangla words.
The play takes place in an imaginary kingdom where extinct Bangla words have taken refuge. Rajarshi visits the kingdom and meets with the words. Through several meetings between Rajarshi and the words the audience is reminded about the once popular Bangla words like Monoharini, Keuketa, Ketadurasto and others.
Esha Yusuf, Manoj Kumar and others played different characters in the play.
On February 18 and 19 four shows of the play will be held at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy. Besides, the play, which has been presented by Coca-Cola Bangladesh, will also be staged at 20 different universities across the country in February.
‘We rarely use words like Keuketa and Protithojosha these days. We are not only losing our words but also losing our self-identity and pride. I request everyone to watch the play’, said Tariq Anam Khan.

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