Repertory theatre Hritmancha comprising activists from different troupes made its debut on Tuesday premiering its debut production Rudhirrangini at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Renowned actress Rokeya Rafique Baby of Theatre Art Unit, Azad Abul Kalam of Prachyanat and Jyoti Sinha of Manipuri Theatre acted in Rudhirrangini, which depicts women’s struggles in the patriarchal society.
‘Hritmancha has been formed as a repertory where theatre activists and students from different troupes and universities will work together,’ said Shuvashis Sinha, artistic director of Hritmancha and also president of Manipuri Theatre.
Rudhirrangini, written and directed by Shuvashis Sinha, depicts an unnamed widow who tries to fight against the patriarchy in society but eventually fails.
The character, played brilliantly by Jyoti, lives with her financially poor mother, enacted by Baby. Though the young woman has been widowed twice, she still dreams about finding happiness in life. The reality, however, is different from her dreams.
She falls for a flutist, played by Azad Abul Kalam, who is also unhappy with life and elopes with the flutist leaving everything behind.
But, the couple does not find peace as their unhappy past haunts them.
The flutist, who is considered an outcast by society as he is the son of a prostitute, kills his biological father and commits suicide. After witnessing the death her beloved the widow too commits suicide.
The seemingly plain story of the tragedy was staged wonderfully thanks to the powerful acting of the three actors.
‘It has been a fantastic experience to work in the play which is about women’, said Rokeya Rafique Baby, who played the character of the widow’s mother.
Azad Abul Kalam also shared his experience saying, ‘The play and the repertory are new additions to our theatre scene. I am happy to be part of the Hritmancha initiative. I hope the repertory will enrich the country’s theatre scene’.
Hritmancha will stage six more shows of the play at the same venue till May 19.
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