Crutch-er Colonel as a political play analysed

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 19:41, Jun 02,2018


BotTala artistes perform in Ar Noy Chup Tahaka which was staged following a discussion on Crutch-er Colonel at Bangladesh Mahila Samity auditorium on Friday. — Snigdha Zaman

The importance and impact of theatre troupe BotTala’s acclaimed production Crutch-er Colonel as a political play was analysed at a programme held at Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity on Friday.

Theatre researchers and activists discussed how Crutch-er Colonel, which has been acclaimed by the audience and theatre activists at home and abroad, brings to light the life of Colonel Abu Taher.

The programme, titled ‘Theatre Adda’ organised by BotTala, also featured show of an improvised play Ar Noy Chup Thaka, a play on sexual harassment, by BotTala.

Late Colonel Abu Taher’s wife Lutfa Taher, brother professor Anwar Hossain, cultural activist Lubna Marium, singer Kafil Ahmed, actor Ziaul Hasan Kislu and researcher Tanvir Ahsan, among others, were present at the discussion styled Crutch-er Colonel: Aposh Na Sahos.

Eminent Indian actor Ashish Vidyarthi also attended the programme.

BotTala premiered Crutch-er Colonel, directed by Mohammad Ali Haider, in Decemeber, 2016. The play is based on the life of leftist politician and freedom fighter Colonel Taher.

Soumya Sarkar and Samina Luthfa Nitra have adapted the play from Shahaduzzaman’s novel of the same title.

‘What BotTala has done through Crutch-er Colonel is very significant. The play does not provide answers to any questions regarding Colonel Taher or the time it portrays, rather the play makes us think about Taher and the events that happened back then,’ said Lubna Marium.

Researcher Tanvir Ahsan termed Crutch-er Colonel as a postmodern play which, Ahsan said, ‘Presents a small but significant narrative of the liberation war and its aftermath’.

Eminent Indian actor Ashish Vidyarthi, who joined the discussion, said, ‘Theatre or other forms of art makes us aware and conscious of the events or emotions that we often forget’.

Following the discussion, BotTala artistes Samina Luthfa, Rokasana Parvin Ruma and Sheuty Shagufta staged an improvised play Ar Noy Chup Thaka, which depicts women making a stand against sexual harassment.

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