Loko Natyadal (Banani) stages Thikana

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 09,2019


A scene from Thikana. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Loko Natyadal (Banani) staged its Liberation War-based play Thikana at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.

The play has been written by eminent playwright Utpal Dutt and directed by Dr Pranabananda Chakrabarty. It portrays the great sacrifices and struggles of the freedom fighters.

The play revolves around an elderly woman named Rashida Khatun. Everyone calls her Nani. She runs a small restaurant named Sapruti Restaurant in Taraganj where people from all walks of life come to eat. Pakistani occupation forces regularly patrol the area. Rashida provides information about the movement of Pakistani forces to the freedom fighters.

She informs the freedom fighters that a train, carrying ammunition for Pakistani occupation forces, has arrived at Taraganj station.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani occupation forces start rounding up people helping freedom fighters and kill them in the morning of April 25, 1971. They also catch Rashida Khatun and shoot her.

The play ends with the freedom fighters blowing up the train.

Shamsad Begum, Minhazul Huda Deep, Abdullah Al Harun, Hafizur Rahman, Sadeq Islam, Aindrila Aditi Das, Mozaqqir Alam Rafan, Sohel Masud, Arif Ahmed, Tanoy Majumdar, Dr Pranabananda Chakraborty, Sudhangshu Nath, Tanjina Rahman and Jasimuddin Khan acted in the play.

‘The play is based on true events. It gives the audience a glimpse into the tumultuous days of the Liberation War. I hope the play will make the younger generation aware about the barbarism of the Pakistani occupation forces and sacrifices of freedom fighters and mass people during the war,’ said Dr Pranabananda Chakrabarty.

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