Bangladesh Int’l Theatre Fest

Nepalese theatre troupe stages Jhyalincha

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 26,2019


A scene from Jhyalincha. — Sourav Lasker

Nepalese theatre troupe Mandala Theatre staged its play titled ‘Jhyalincha (Dragonfly)’ on the fifth day of the on-going Bangladesh International Theatre Festival on Sunday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The play, directed by Nepalese actor Dayahang Rai, is based on the short story of author and playwright Kumar Nagarkoti. It is the 51st theatre production of the troupe.

Jhyalincha is a story about a Nepalese novelist called Hasabira who wrote a novel of the same name. The play which is 50 minutes long consists of two characters performed by actors Bijay Baral and Ranjana Oli.

Celebrated author Hasabira’s latest novel has hit the market and the play starts with a discussion about it. The novel mentions about the on-going armed conflicts. When penning the novel, the writer was inspired by a purple dragonfly that flew into his garden. He feels that his character is following him. He has mixed feelings about this phenomenon. After the completion of the novel, Hasabira’s pet lizard consumes the purple dragonfly.

However, it is later revealed that the dragonfly is actually the soul of a young girl who was abducted by the security forces. They raped and buried her alive for providing food to the rebels. Her mother realises this but before the dragonfly could say anything Hasabira’s lizard devours it.

Bangladesh International Theatre Festival, which began on June 20, will end today.

The festival is featuring eight plays from seven countries namely host country Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Russia, China and France.

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