Theatre troupe Batikrom Natya Goshti staged the play titled ‘Takshak’ at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.
The play was staged on the fourth day of five-day Syed Mohidul Islam Smaran Utsab 2019, which was organised by Batikrom Natya Goshti marking the 17th death anniversary of playwright, director and actor Syed Mohidul Islam. It also marked the 43rd founding anniversary of the troupe.
The play, written by Manoj Mitra and directed by Saiful Islam Shohag, revolves around the story of the mythological king Pariksit of Hastina kingdom and his journey of self-discovery.
The play begins with king Pariksit hunting in the forest with his soldiers. When he shoots an arrow at a deer, it misses the target and hits the leg of a fawn. The king feels guilty for hurting such a small creature. He tries to catch the fawn to save it but the young deer flees deep into the forest.
The king gets separated from his men while looking for the fawn and soon loses his way in the forest.
He becomes thirsty and comes across a hut in the jungle where he finds a saint meditating.
Pariksit calls for the saint but fails to get any answer from him as he is lost in his meditation.
The saint’s son comes out of the hut. He refuses to give the king water and puts a curse on him. He says that Pariksit will die by a snake bite within seven days.
The king runs away and starts to see snakes whenever he tries to drink water.
At the end of the play, he goes back to the saint’s house and says that he wishes to spend the last few days of his life doing what he loves best. Hearing his words the saint becomes happy. He opens his eyes and blesses the king. He also scorns his son who was supposed to give water to wanderers during his meditation period.
Saiful Islam Shohag enacted the character of Pariksit, Tarikul Islam Tarek played the saint, Imran Khan Araf played Shringi and Sajjad played Tantripal.
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