Indian theatre troupe Ritwik staged its acclaimed play Adi Raja on Tuesday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The troupe staged the play as part of the ongoing Dhaka Padatik Theatre Festival, organised by local troupe Dhaka Padatik marking its 38th founding anniversary.
Adi Raja, a translation of Hindi playwright Jagadish Chandra Mathur’s Pehla Raja, features the story of a king named Prithu and the dilemma he faces while ruling.
Directed by Biplob Dey, the play shows how power always tends to be anti-people, even when the king wants to be pro-people.
The play depicts an imaginary kingdom named Bramhabarta where, after the death of the king, the people and the elite are at odds with each other. Both the people and the elites waits for a new king.
Prithu, a brave warrior, who has saved the kingdom on a number of occasions by fighting off foreign invaders, is asked to rule the kingdom. King Prithu finds himself in dilemma as his each and every pro-people policy gets foiled by the elite, who advise him to use ‘shastro ebong shostro’ (law and arms) to rule the people.
The play ends with Prithu struggling to decide whether he will be a benevolent king or a tyrannical dictator.
Bilob Dey, Tonmoy Sanyal, Tarun Sarkar, Mahua Chakrabarthy and others acted in the play.
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