Theatre troupe Desh Natok staged two shows of its production Nityapuran at a programme titled ‘Bohu Borne Ek Draupadi’ on Friday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Four actresses Shirin Khan Moni, Banna Mirza, Naznin Hasan Chumki and Shushoma Sarker played Draupadi in the shows.
Shirin Khan Moni last played Draupadi in the play around 18 years ago at Bangladesh Mohila Samity. Banna Mirza and Naznin Hasan Chumki played Draupadi in 2001, while Shusoma Sarker played the character of Draupadi for the first time in the play on Friday.
The play, adapted by Masum Reza, revolves around Ekalavya, a character from the epic Mahabharata.
The story of Ekalavya in the play Nityapuran do not match with the original story in The Mahabharata.
In the ancient epic Ekalavya is a short character, a young aspirant warrior of lowborn, whose dreams of becoming a master archer and warrior were crushed after he became aware that due to his lowborn
lineage he can neither learn archery nor become a warrior.
In Nityapurana Ekalavya surpasses all greatest warriors including Arjuna and questions the dignity of the pandavas and the society they have built to protect themselves and their likes.
A houseful audience enjoyed the play.
‘It's not every day you get the chance to see four actresses playing Draupadi in a play. I hope they will stage more shows of the play in future’, Sourov Hossain, an audience member, told New Age.
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