Theatre analyses causes of extremism

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:53, Jun 29,2018 | Updated: 20:55, Jun 29,2018

 
 

A scene from Satpath. — Snigdha Zaman

Theatre troupe Bangaranga Natyadal premiered a play titled ‘Satpath’ depicting causes of extremism and its impact on society at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday.
The play, which analyses the causes of extremism through conversations of four characters, has been written and directed by Asif Munier.
The director was moved by the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan in 2016 and decided to write the play depicting the causes and consequences of extremism.
‘After the Holey Artisan attack I started working on this play depicting causes of extremism and its impact on society. I hope the play will make parents and the young generation aware of how extremism destroys lives of people,’ said Asif Munier.
‘We will stage the play at different venues across the country in future,’ he added.
The play opens with a religious extremist namely Abul Khayer Al Bangali being interrogated by a police officer. Besides, another dead extremist’s father and girlfriend also share their views with the police officer in the play.
The play depicts how young and educated people raised in both well off and poor families are drawn to extremism.
Abul Khayer Al Bangali grew up in a poor household and studied at a madrasa. He has been totally brainwashed into believing that violence is the only way to establish religion in society.
Another extremist, who has been shot to death by the police, on the other hand is highly educated and was raised well amid wealth.
His father named Adnan Chowdhury lamented that his son became an extremist in spite of being provided with all the facilities money could buy. Adnan understood that he should have spent more time with his son.
The play ends with its characters acknowledging that raising social awareness against extremism and promoting non-communal values in society are necessary to stop religious extremism.
Dipankar Dey, Bipnu Chowdhury, Masum Billah Rony and Ajufa Akhter acted in the play. 

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