Barishal-based theatre troupe Shabdabali Group Theatre staged its recent play Baishakhini featuring the struggles of women of four generations on Tuesday at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Adapted from Chandan Sen’s story and directed by Syed Dulal, the play touches upon a number of women issues; but mostly highlights the plights and struggles of a war-heroine.
Through the character of Shahazadi, a war heroine, who denies doing an abortion after the war and also denies sending her baby daughter abroad, the play depicts how thousands of war-heroines sacrificed and suffered even after the war.
Baishakhini, in fact, shows that lives of the war-heroines became no less difficult and complicated after they were rescued from the camps of the Pakistani occupation army.
Besides the struggles of Shahzadi, the play also goes to show how the war impacted the lives of Shahzadi’s mother, daughter and grand-daughter.
Shabdabali artistes Tondra Mallick, Sonia Akhter, Moni Akhter, Surovi Jahan Nishi acted in the play. Besides enacting the roles of the four women, the artistes also enacted the roles of male characters to the delight of the audience.
‘Shabdabali Group Theatre has highlighted the liberation war in many of its plays. Baishakhini is the latest addition to our liberation war-based productions,’ said Syed Dulal adding that the play, which was premiered on December 10, 2018, has been praised at home and abroad.
In January, Shabdabali toured West Bengal, India and staged four shows of the play at Kalyani Kala Kendra Mancha on January 27, at Nazrul Shatabarsha Sadan Mancha on January 28, at Shantiniketan on January 30 and at Tepantar Natyagram on February 1.
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