Khona’s 71st show today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 24,2019


File photo shows a scene from Khona. — New Age photo

Theatre troupe BotTola will stage the 71st show of its acclaimed play Khona at  the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today.

The play, written by Samina Luthfa and directed by Mohammad Ali Haider, depicts the tragic story of ancient astrologer Lilabati and her struggles against patriarchy.

The myth and stories surrounding Khona are well known in Bengali folklore. A body of ancient agricultural knowledge which includes weather predictions, popularly called Khona’s Sayings (Khonar Bochon), has been passed from generation to generation through a continuous oral

tradition for more than 1500 years.

The play shows how the astrologer Khona comes into clash with her powerful father-in-law Varaha after Khona gets recognition as a more competent astrologer than her father-in-law. A conflict ensues between them which escalate to an extreme level. In the end her tongue is cut off making her Khona, one who cannot speak.

The play stars Samina Lutfa, Imran Khan Munna, Kazi Ruksana Ruma, Iva Reaz, Mizanur

Rahman, Chandan Paul and others.

‘Khona is our third production. We have staged the play at theatre festival at both home and abroad where we have received huge response. We will stage the 71st show of this play today. I want to thank theatre lovers for their support,’ Bratto

Amin, director of BotTola, told New Age.

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