Padatik to stage Kaalratri, Gunjan Bibir Pala in India

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 25,2019


A scene from Gunjan Bibir Pala.

Theatre troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC) is going to stage liberation war play Kaalratri and folk play Gunjan Bibir pala at a theatre festival at Madhusudan Mancha in Kolkata, India.

The troupe will stage Kaalratri tomorrow and Gunjan Bibir Pala the day after at the festival named Carnival and is organised by Indian troupe Curtain Call, shared Padatik Natya Sangsad member Shakhwat Hossain Shimul.

‘We are happy to be invited by Curtain Call to stage two of our plays at Carnival. We have staged the plays in India earlier too earning audience acclaim and  hope Kolkata audience will appreciate the plays this time too,’ said Padatik Natya Sangsad member Shakhwat Hossain Shimul.

Kaalratri is a liberation war-based play. The play, based on Shireen Hossain’s story Lone Survivor, has been adapted by Tanvir Ahmed Sydney and directed by Wahidul Islam.

The play depicts the night of March 25, 1971 when the Pakistan army clamped down on unarmed civilians to curb the Bengali nationalist movement. Through conversations between a young girl and her grandfather, a Dhaka University teacher, the play goes to portray the dark night of March 25.

Gunjan Bibir Pala, written and directed by Sayik Siddiqui, depicts struggles of women in society. The play is designed following the traditional pala – a folk theatre form. 

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