Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy staged two shows of its special theatre production titled ‘Mahiyasi Nari’ on Thursday at Music and Dance Centre of the academy making the International Women’s Day.
The play, written by Mahfuza Hilali and directed by Liaquat Ali Lucky, features stories of eleven illustrious women from different periods in history, their struggles in the patriarchal society and their contributions.
The play begins with a recitation of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s famous poem Nari, which depicts women’s contributions to civilization.
Artistes presented narrations on life and works of eleven distinguished women. The production began with the tragic tale of Lilabati (also known as Khona), a legendary astrologer, who fell under the wrath of patriarchal society only because she was better than her male counterparts.
Artistes narrated the life histories of medieval Bangla poet Chandrabati and writer Rassundari Devi, who have made immense contribution to Bangla literature.
The production next depicted the contributions of two Muslim pioneers of women education Nawab Begum Faizunnesa Choudhurani and Begum Rokeya. Both of these women fought against all odds in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century to advance women education.
Stories of revolutionary Pritilata Waddedar and peasants’ movement organiser Ila Mitra reminded the audience about women’s role in organising resistance movement against British rule.
The production also featured stories of inspiring women like Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, poet Sufia Kamal, Jahanara Imam and the current prime minister of the country Sheikh Hasina.
Besides, the production featured inspirational songs like Jago jago sangeet, Sristike bolo drishtike bolo, Nari je bhubanmoy, Adhar ghar alo kore, Ami purab desher puronari and Amader khepiye beray.
BSA repertory artistes Mahfuza Hilali, Mumu Mashud, Sangeeta, Snata, Mitu, Nishi, Hema, Supriya, Jui and others performed in the production.
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