Sangskar Natyadal staged two allegorical plays on human characteristics on Monday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The plays are Bhul Swarga and Mahapatanga.
An adaptation of Rbindranath Tagore’s short story with the same title, Bhul Swarga depicts that human beings have the capacity to lead a happy life in the earth.
An adaptation of Abu Ishak’s anti-war story Mahapatanga, on the other hand, shows both helpful and cruel aspects of human beings.
It was the premiere show of Mahapatanga.
Adapted and directed by Yusuf Hassan Arka, Bhul Swarga is a comedy that depicts the story of an artist who loves to pass his time making crafts and never engages himself into any other work.
In the imaginary play, the artist goes to heaven and finds everybody is busy with productive activities. But, the heaven dwellers stop working seeing his happiness while making crafts.
The artist is subsequently repatriated to the earth to make the heaven active again.
‘It is a satire to our tendency of evaluating everything from monetary aspect,’ Arka said.
Allegorical drama Mahapatanga, adapted by Rubaiyat Ahmed and directed by Habib Masud, portrays helpful and destructive aspects of human beings through two experiences of two birds: at first the birds watch relief distributions among the destitute people through an airplane and again they see how brutally everything is destroyed through bombing by an aircraft.
‘Mahapatanga is a touching anti-war story told from the perspective of birds, a symbol for peace,’ said Masud.
Fatema-tuz-Zohra, Bappy Saif, Pritha Dey, Masud Kabir, Ratna Islam, Selim Reza Swapan, Nodi Saif, Sujon Kirtonia and others acted in two plays.
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