Poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq’s lyrical drama Champabati was staged at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday.
Champabati, a dramatic reimagining of poet Jasimuddin’s ‘Beder Meye,’ has been directed by Rantik Bipu and starred the students of the 31st batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design, who staged it as part of a proficiency test.
The play revolves around a snake charmer, Champabati, who sacrifices her life in order for her lover to live.
Champabati, while performing at a village along with several members of her community, is kidnapped by the village head. She manages to escape captivity and heads back home, only to find that her lover, Goya, has been bitten by a snake.
Champabati sucks out the poison from his body, saving him but killing herself in the process.
The actors performed well while the choreography was praiseworthy. The director, however, modified the original story to incorporate a scene in which Champabati dreams about her late mother.
Except for that scene, Rantik Bipu tells New Age, the plot and dialogues stick closely to that of the source text.
Noted dancer Munmun Ahmed and Syed Shamsul Haq's son Ditio Syed Haq were present during the show. Prior to the start of the show, certificates were handed over to the students of the 31st batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design.