Theatre troupe Naibadya premiered its third production Chandrabindu at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
The play, written by Salauddin Ahmed Milton and directed by Rajib Reza, revolves around the tragic story of a fictitious princess named Chandrabindu and her fight against injustice.
‘Chandrabindu revolves around a story of love and conflict. The play depicts a woman’s story who makes a stand against oppression and injustice’, said director Rajib Reza.
The play, presented in traditional pala form, addresses themes like discrimination against woman in society and depicts the story of a woman who decides to fight for her rights.
The play opens with King Chandra’s wife giving birth to Chandrabindu. However, an infant Chandrabindu and her mother fall victim to palace conspiracy and are sent into exile.
Chandrabindu becomes aware about her real identity at the age of sixteen and vows to fight against all those who have conspired against her and her mother. Though initially successful, the princess loses the fight against society. She falls in love with a low-born young man named Alisha. However, their relationship is not accepted by society and Chandrabindu fights against the society till death.
Kaniz Fatema, Sirajul Islam, Nowshin, Imrul Hasan and others acted in the play.
The play received mixed reactions from the audience.
Shihab Ahmed said, ‘The story has too many unnecessary twists and turns which I found boring’.
Another audience member Mahbub praised the play. ‘Naibadya deserves credit for premiering a play in traditional pala style’, said Mahbub.
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