Theatre troupe Desh Natok staged two shows of its production Nityapuran on Sunday and Monday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The play, written and directed by Masum Reza, revolves around Ekalavya, a character from the epic Mahabharata.
The story of Ekalavya in the play Nityapuran differs from the original story present in the Mahabharata.
In the ancient epic, Ekalavya is a short character, a young aspirant warrior of lowborn, whose dreams of becoming a master archer and warrior were crushed after he became aware that due to his lowborn lineage he can neither learn archery nor become a warrior.
In Nityapurana, Ekalavya surpasses all greatest warriors including Arjuna and questions the dignity of the pandavas and the society they have built to protect themselves and their pride.
Mamun Chowdhury, Kamal Ahmed, Firoz Alam, Lorence Ujjal Gomez, Hossain Nirob, Mainul Hasan, Samapon Sarkar and Bonna Mirza acted in the epic characters.