Theatre troupe Arshinagar staged Rahu Chandaler Har, an adaptation of Abhijit Sen’s novel, on Tuesday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The play, directed by Reza Arif, depicts the story of the gypsy community, which has lived on the margins of society across the Indian sub-continent for centuries.
The director has used the narrative style, using live music and dance choreographies, to present the novel.
The story of the gypsy community, which has lived on the margins of society across the Indian sub-continent, was captivatingly portrayed in the play.
Being true to the storyline of Sen’s novel, the play presents how the gypsy community constantly moves from one place to another not only to earn a living by entertaining people but also to avoid oppression by the society and the state.
The gypsy community, which prides itself on being a group that has learnt the art of not being governed and not being fixed to any place, beliefs or customs, sadly often finds itself amidst on-going conflicts.
The play unfolds struggles of a gypsy leader named Pitem and his troupe and follows them from the highland of northern India to the lowland of the present day Bangladesh.
Set in the nineteenth century, the play shows how the gypsies, who have nothing or the least to do with the state, find themselves into the santal rebellion and how their known world eventually gets divided into different countries with new names.
Arshinagar artistes moved the audience with their eye-catching performances- enacting the roles of gypsies, presenting circus-style juggling, dance recitals and acrobatics. Use of more narrations and less dialogues carried the story-that covers a period of over a century-fast forward.
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