Mohakal stages Sraban Tragedy

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:49, Jul 31,2018


Mohakal Natya Sampraday stages Sraban Tragedy on Monday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

Mohakal Natya Sampraday staged a press show of its latest theatre Sraban Tragedy depicting the assassination of the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Monday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Mohakal Natya Sampraday will premiere the play on August 13 at the National Theatre Hall of the academy.

Written by Anan Zaman and directed by Ashiq Rahman Leeon, the play presents the most horrible political tragedy took place during the last days of the Bangla month Sraban (August) in 1975 when the founding president, along with his family members, were killed by some derailed army men with the support of local and foreign vested groups.

The experimental play presents the tragedy in narrative style, where a narrator unfolds the story and introduces the actions on stage.

Political and military leaders of the newly-independent Bangladesh like Tajuddin Ahmed, Ziaur Rahman, Khondaker Mushtaq Ahmed, Colonel Faruq, Taheruddin Tahkur, and many others appear as real-life characters in the play.

Mujib’s family members like Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Rasel, Sultana Kamal and others were also enacted by the actors of the troupe.

Though the play is based on August 15 incident, in fragmentary flashback scenes, it narrates the biography of Sheikh Mujuibur Rahman- his family and political career.

Anan Zaman said he wrote the play following his 10-month research. Leeon worked a lot to present the play in narrative style with relevant use of music, light, choreography and photography.

Around 40 artistes including Mir Zahid Hasan, Mir Nahid AHsan, Kabir Ahmed, Faruq Ahmed Sentu, Poly Biswas, Samiul Jiban, Sumaiya Taiyum Nisha, Piyasi Jahan and others acted impressively in the play.  

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