DHAKA PADATIK’S THEATRE FEST

Dhruboputro staged on second day

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:42, Mar 11,2018 | Updated: 23:31, Mar 11,2018

 
 

Indian troupe Kalyani Natya Charcha Kendra stages Dhruboputra at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Kolkata-based India theatre troupe Kalyani Natya Charcha Kendra staged its acclaimed play Dhruboputro at Experimental Theatre hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
The play, based on Indian writer Amar Mitra’s award winning novel Dhruboputro, has been dramatised and directed by Kishor Sengupta.
Amar Mitra has depicted the ancient city of Ujjain from two thousand years ago in Dhurboputro. Amar Mitra received Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel in 2006. He has also received the Bankim Puraskar from Government of West Bengal for his novel.
The play was staged on the second day of the eight-day theatre festival organised by Dhaka Padatik marking its 38th founding anniversary.
The play depicts discrimination in Hindu caste system and anomalies in society.
The play revolves around a fictional character named Dhurbaputra (son of Dhruba), who plays a magical harp. The musical instrument when played can bring about rain.
Dhruboputro becomes upset after seeing the political unrest and violence caused by a scheme to dethrone the king and discrimination against the Shudra population, the lowest of the social classes in Hindu caste system. He leaves the city and as a result the people of the city face a long persisted drought due to shortage of rain.
In the end the Shudra leader convinces the king to end discrimination against the Shudra population. After all the fighting stops Dhruboputro plays his harp again to bring about the rain and ends the long lasting drought.
Anupam Chakrabarti, Dipankar Das, Uttam Ghosh, Moushumi Banarjee, Rakhi Sen and others acted in
the play. 

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