Local troupe Sangskar Natyadal premiered Rabindranath Tagore’s satire play Bashikaran at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday.
Directed by Yusuf Hasan Arka, the play satirises people’s tendency to distinguish themselves from one another based on religious orientation.
The play revolves around two friends Annada and Ashu, who have different religious orientations. Annada is a Brahmin, who wants to practice celibacy, while Ashu criticises religion and Annada’s decision.
The two friends start a debate on religion. As the play moves forward it is shown how Annada goes back to his wife abandoning his desire of celibacy.
The director of the play has applied elements and styles of traditional performing arts like jatra and shong jatra in the play.
Sangskar Natyadal artistes, most of whom work at different factories and shops in the capital, earned audience’s acclaim for their performance.
Ashiqur Rahman, Bappy Saif, Ariful Islam, Mafizur Rahman, ND Chanchal and others acted in the play.
‘We are happy to premiere the play directed by Yusuf Hasan Arka, which the audience have enjoyed greatly’, said ND Chanchal, chief of Sangskar Natyadal.
‘It is surprising to see a troupe whose members comprise mostly of laborers. I have been moved by their passion for acting and theatre. We chose Tagore’s Bashikaran to introduce them to Rabindranath Tagore and also to bring on stage a play which is both simple and entertaining’, said Yusuf Hasan Arka.
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