JnU students stage Janani Shahashika

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 12:00am on May 18, 2019

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A scene from Janani Shahashika. — Sourav Lasker

Students of Jagannath University theatre department staged anti-war play Janani Shahashika at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday and Friday.
The play, based on German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brech’s famous anti-war play titled ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’, had been translated into Bengali by Kabir Chowdhury.
Sanjeeb Kumar Dey has directed the production.
The play revolves around a woman, named Janani Shahashika, who owns a food cart and makes a living by selling food to soldiers during war.
She has two sons named Elif and Swiss Panir and a daughter named Kattrin.
Though she puts food on the table for her family by selling goods during war, she always tells her children to stay away from war.
However, Elif joins the Swiss protestant army and Swiss Panir joins the army as a cashier.
Things were going fine until Swiss gets killed while trying to prevent the cash box falling into the hands of the enemy.
The death of her son impacts Janani Shahashika, who begins to loathe war. However, she wishes the war to continue realising that she will become unemployed if the war ends.
Soon the war claims the lives of Elif and Kattrin and a hapless Janani Shahashika is left with nothing but her food cart.
‘Janani Shahashika is a famous anti-war play. It was staged by third year students of the department as part of their course,’ Sanjeeb Kumar Dey, director of the play and lecturer of JnU theatre department, told New Age.