2 shows of Sraban Tragedy staged at Shilpakala

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 22,2019


A scene from Sraban Tragedy. — New Age photo

Theatre troupe Mohakal Natya Sampraday staged two shows of its popular production Sraban Tragedy at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday and Saturday.

Written by Anan Zaman and directed by Ashiq Rahman Leeon, the play presents the most horrible political tragedy that took place during the last days of the Bangla month Sraban (August) in 1975 when the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with his family members, was killed by some derailed army men with the support of local and foreign vested groups.

The experimental play presents the tragedy in narrative style, where a narrator unfolds the story and introduces the actions on stage.

Political and military leaders of the newly-independent Bangladesh like Tajuddin Ahmad, Ziaur Rahman, Khondaker Mushtaq Ahmed, Colonel Faruq, Taheruddin Tahkur, and many others appear as real-life characters in the play.

Mujib’s family members like Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Rasel, Sultana Kamal and others were also enacted by the actors of the troupe.

Though the play is based on August 15 incident, in fragmentary flashback scenes, it narrates the biography of Sheikh Mujuibur Rahman- his family and political career.

Mir Zahid Hasan, Mir Nahid Ahsan, Kabir Ahmed, Faruq Ahmed Sentu, Poly Biswas, Samiul Jiban, Sumaiya Taiyum Nisha, Piyasi Jahan and others acted in the play. 

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