Theatre troupe Utsa Natyadal staged its play Swarnajanani on Thursday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Swarnajanani, written by eminent playwright Mannan Hira and directed by Imran Hossain Imu, depicts the sufferings of biranganas (war heroines) during and after the liberation war.
The play not only depicts how scores of women had to suffer unspeakable acts of cruelty at the hands of the Pakistani occupation forces and their collaborators during the nine months of the liberation war but also shows how badly the war heroines were treated in the society and by their own families after the war.
The play revolves around war heroines held captive at an army camp at a fictitious place called Mithapukur. From teenage girls to mothers of three or four children and even pregnant women all suffered unspeakable acts of cruelty at the hands of the Pakistani occupation forces and their collaborators at the camp. As the play moves forward the war heroines narrate how they suffered at the hands of Pakistani occupation forces and how their sufferings did not end even after the war as they were rejected by their own families and society.
Utsa artistes Turzana Islam Asha, Imran Hossain Imu, Rakibul Islam, Taslima Akter Liza and others acted in the play.
‘Swarnajanani brings to light the plight of the tens of thousands of war heroines who suffered during and after the liberation war,’ said Imran Hossain Imu, director of the play.
Utsa Natyadal premiered the play on December 3, 2017.
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