Draupadi Parampara a play premiered by Theatre (Arambagh) on Sunday depicts oppression of women in patriarchal society through illustration of legendary character Draupadi from the Hindu epic The Mahabharatha.
The play, written and directed by Prabir Datta, was staged at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The play illustrates the story of Draupadi, who emerged from the sacred fire in Panchala and was wife to the five Pandavas.
The play depicts Draupadi’s sufferings in patriarchal society by showing her humiliation at the hands of the Kauravas after she was put on bet at a dice-game by Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava.
The character of Draupadi criticises the patriarchal system in society which silenced her voice, belittled her dignity and put her in embarrassing situations. She equates herself with all women who have been oppressed in patriarchal society. Tahmina Akter, Akifa Alam and Yusha Antara, who played the character of Draupadi, acted brilliantly in the play. Prabir Datta, Shahriar Alam, Shangkar Sarkar, Jahangir Kabir, Lelin Firozi and others also acted in the production.
Social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon was present as the chief guest at the premiere show. State minister for information ministry Tarana Halim, also a member of Theatre (Arambagh), inaugurated the show.