Padatik Natya Sangsad staged its monodrama Gahonjatra on Sunday at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The play, written by Rubaiyat Ahmed and directed by Sudip Chakraborthy, portrays rise of religious extremism and intolerance across the globe and human desire for peace and freedom.
The story revolves around a woman, Salma, who is running away from an area plagued by violence and hatred, and where humanity is most vulnerable and innocent people are killed with impunity.
Salma, despite her efforts to escape the massacre, is eventually raped and killed. Those who killed her also killed numerous other people including a child named Bahar and Salma’s lover Aryan, a violin player.
But even before her death, Salma does not lose faith in humanity and the essential goodness of human hearts, praying to the almighty to show mercy to the killers and bring them back on the path of light.
Shamsi Ara Sayeka, a member of the troupe, delivered an impressive performance in the role of Salma.
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