Liberation war-based play stages travelling shows

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:56, Jul 05,2018

 
 

Momena Chowdhury performs in Laal Jamin, which was staged on Wednesday at Bangladesh National Museum. — Snigdha Zaman

Theatre troupe Shunyan Repertory staged its acclaimed liberation war-based monodrama Laal Jamin on Wednesday at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum as part of its nationwide shows patronised by cultural affairs ministry.
The ministry allocated Tk 11,00,000 for Shunyan Repertory to stage the play at different parts of the country in November last year. So far, the play has been staged at 33 venues in around 20 districts.
The play, written by Mannan Hira and directed by Sudip Chakroborthy, narrates the history of liberation war through the eyes of a teenage girl. Seasoned actress Momena Chowdhury acts in the monodrama.
‘We have staged 33 shows of the play at different venues across the country. Before that, we staged 12 shows of Laal Jamin at different colleges and universities with the support of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra. The play received huge response from the audience, particularly from the younger generation,’ said Momena Chowdhury.
Set in the tumultuous days of the liberation war, Laal Jamin revolves around a young girl whose carefree days come to an abrupt end during the liberation war as her father leaves to fight in the war.
She soon follows her father and becomes a freedom fighter herself. However, she gets caught by the Pakistani Occupation Army. Premiered in 2011, Lal Jamin has so far had 159 shows at home and abroad including countries like the USA, UK, Canada and India.
Prior to the show, a discussion was held. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, cultural affairs secretary Nasir Uddin Ahmed and Bangladesh National Museum director general Abdul Mannan Ilias were present at the discussion.
‘When I first watched Laal Jamin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, I was moved and overwhelmed. I thought that the thought-provoking liberation war-based monodrama should be staged as many time as possible at multiple venue across the country,’ said Asaduzzaman Noor, who, from his ministry, allocated Tk 11,00,000 for Shunyan Repertory to stage nationwide shows of Laal Jamin in November 2017.
‘We have plans to support nationwide shows of other acclaimed theatre productions,’ added Noor. 

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