Notuner Utsab 2019

Parishor premieres ‘Arupratan’ on fourth day

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:50, Dec 03,2019


A scene from ‘Arupratan’. — Abdullah Apu

Theatre troupe Parishor premiered ‘Arupratan’ at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.

The play was staged on the fourth day of ‘Notuner Utsab 2019’, a seven-day theatre festival featuring seven new plays, which has been organised by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.

‘Arupratan’ has been written by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The play, which is marked as a symbolic play, is a shorter version of Tagore’s Raja, which was written in 1910.

Saidur Rahman Ripon has directed the production, which revolves around an unhappy queen Sudarshana, who constantly seeks an audience with the king whom she has never seen.

Though the king never sees the queen in person, he sends messages through his maid Surangama.

Meanwhile, a powerful king named Vikrambahoo hatches a plot to abduct the queen. He sends his aide Kumbho to the palace. Kumbho poses as the king and tries to deceive the queen and the story moves forward.

The play includes chorus dance performances synchronised with folk songs Bhengey more ghorer chabi and Dekhechhi rupshagorey moner manus, which the audience greatly enjoyed.

‘The actors deserve kudos for their performance. The folk songs and dance recitals made the play more appealing to the audience,’ Sadia Afrin, an audience member, told New Age.

Kanta Zaman, Sadika Yasmin Santa and Aminur Rahman Mukul, Sharif Siraj, Rabin Basak, Samim Ahmed Santa, Sajib Kumar Om, PK Fazal, Rani Das, Shamim Shekh and others acted in the play.

Prachyanat premiered its production ‘Khoabnama’ at the festival on Tuesday.

The festival will feature Manipuri Theatre’s new play ‘O Monpahia’ today.

‘Notuner Utsab 2019’ will end on December 5.

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