Nagorik Natyangan Bangladesh premiered ‘Akashey Phuitechhey Phul’ at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
The play was staged on the third day of ‘Notuner Utsab 2019’, a seven-day theatre festival featuring seven new plays, which has been organised by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.
‘Akashey Phuitechhey Phul’ has been written by Ratan Siddique and directed by Hridi Huq.
The play revolves around a rural leto music troupe hailing from Churulia village of Bardhawan in India and the difficulties it faced during the partition of Bengal in 1905.
It gives the viewers a glimpse into the then society, communal tension, partition of Bengal and reunification of Bengal along with Kazi Nazrul Islam’s journey as a leto troupe member.
The play begins with a scene in 1905 where a leto music troupe is seen entertaining villagers rendering songs.
However, the members of the troupe soon hear about the partition of Bengal and get told that they won’t be able to perform songs anymore by religious extremists. All the troupe members including their chief fall into depression. They are forced to move to different professions.
The reunification of Bengal happens in 1911 but by then many members had already left the troupe. In this critical time, a young boy named Dukhu Miah, Kazi Nazrul Islam, joins the troupe. The play gives a brief glimpse into young Nazrul’s days in a leto music troupe.
‘I have tried to depict the communal tension during the partition of Bengal through the journey of a leto music troupe. The play also portrays Kazi Nazrul Islam’s days in a leto music troupe after the reunification of Bengal’, Hridi Huq told New Age.
Faizul Rathi, Habib Bahar, Asib Chowdhury, Monia Chowdhury, Sumon Ahmed, Sutopa Barua, Hridi Huq, Kamruzzaman Roni and others acted in the play.
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