Mahakal Natya Shampraday staged Nilakhyan, a stage adaptation of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s story Shapure, at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
Though the play may seem like a typical love story, it also depicts that man cannot escape his fate.
The play has been adapted by Anan Zaman and directed by Yusuf Hasan Arko.
Nilakhyan is about a community of snake charmers. Jahar, the leader of the snake charmers, prays to the Hindu goddess of snakes and underworld Manasha to make him immune to snake venom.
The goddess accepts his prayer and tells Jahar that he will have to let one snake bite him on every full moon and endure the pain until he is bitten by 100 poisonous snakes. Besides, he is required to stay abstinent until he reaches his goal.
As Jahar declares abstinence, his first love Binti Rani, who feels neglected, commits suicide. However, he falls for Chandan, who was brought up disguised as a boy but her true identity was revealed during a festival of snake charmers.
Jahar ultimately breaks his vow and dies from a snake bite before he could reach his goal.
The play received a good response from the audience for its melodious music arrangement.
Mir Zahid Hasan, Poly Biswas, Monami Islam, Lithu Mondol, Jerin Tasneem and others acted in the play.
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