Kolkata-based theatre troupe Kalyani Natyacharcha Kendra staged its play Dhruboputro on the sixth day of the week-long theatre festival at Kabi Nazrul Auditorium at Rikabi Bazar in Sylhet 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 the novel in 2006. He has also received the Bankim Puraskar from Government of West Bengal for his novel.
The play depicts discrimination in Hindu caste system and anomalies in society and revolves around a fictional character named Dhurbaputro (son of Dhruba), who plays a magical harp. The musical instrument when played can bring about rain.
Dhrubaputro becomes upset after seeing the political unrest and violence caused by a scheme to dethrone the king and discrimination against the Shudra community, 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 community. After all the fighting stops Dhruboputro plays his harp again to bring about the rain and ends the long lasting drought.
Anupam Chakrabarti, Dipanker Das, Anindya Bandopadhay, Swapan Kumar Pal, Shobhan Chakrabarti, Dipteswar Mondal, Debajit Datta, Abhijit Mondal, Aniruddha Biswas, Mridul Datta Roy, Mahesh Kairy, Showmik Dey, Popy Roy, Soumi Acharya, Madhumita Banerjee, Saumi Bhattacharya, Sanchita Das, Arpita Mondal, Ria Sarker, Sohini Ganguli, Trishna Pal, Madhulekha Datta, Rakhi Sen, Mausumi Banerjee and Rudratej Sengupta played different characters in the play.
Dhaka-based theatre troupe BotTola staged its play Crutcher Colonel on the closing day of the festival on Sunday.
The week-long festival has been organised by Sammilita Natya Parishad Sylhet, a platform of the Sylhet-based theatre groups, in association with cultural affair ministry of Bangladesh, Sylhet City Corporation and Sylhet-based cricket team Sylhet Sixers to promote cultural exchange between Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated the festival on March 19 as chief guest at the amphitheatre of Kabi Nazrul Auditorium.
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