Play on Ritwik Ghatak premiered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:16, Jul 23,2018 | Updated: 19:39, Jul 23,2018


A scene from Ritwik.

Theatre troupe Theatre 52 premiered its play Ritwik depicting playwright-filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s theatrical journey at Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity on Saturday.

The play, written and directed by Mizanur Rahman, brings to light Ritwik Ghatak’s theatrical ventures in the 1940s and 1950s, his thoughts on society, politics and theatre.

The play opens with Ritwik Ghatak directing a play. He starts a conversation with the actors of the play and shares his thoughts on theatre, society, politics and other issues.

The play depicts how Ritwik portrayed social realism and struggles of the marginalised people in his plays like Kalo Sayar and Jwala and how, as an active member of Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), Ghatak pursued theatre, considering it as a weapon to fight against social anomalies.

The audience gets a glimpse into the life of Ritwik, who recollects his childhood memories as the play moves forward. Though he was born in Dhaka, he and his family moved to Berhampore, Murshidabad and then to Kolkata before partition of India.

Golam Shahriar Shikto played the character of Ritwik Ghatak and Jayita Mahalanobish played the character of Ghatak’s wife Surama Devi.

Nazrul Islam Sohag, Adrita Rahman, Irin Siddiqui and Saikat Rahman, among others, acted in the play.

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