Mohakal celebrates 34th founding anniversary

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:31, Jul 15,2017


A scene from Nilakhyan.— Snigdha Zaman

Theatre troupe Mohakal Natya Sampraday celebrated its 34th founding anniversary through a programme at Experimental Theatre hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
The event featured a discussion and staging of the play Nilakhyan by the troupe.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky, Bangladesh Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Golam Kuddus and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation’s secretary general Akhteruzzaman, among others, were present on the occasion.
The discussants congratulated Mohakal Natya Sampraday for its eventful journey of 34 years.
Mohakal Natya Sampraday was formed with devotion to theatre and culture. The troupe, which commenced its journey with the play E Lash Ami Rakhbo Kothay in 1983,
has produced commendable plays like Bayannor Shakun, Sunai
Koinyar Pala, Bodh, Ghum Nei, Shikhandi Kotha, Nisimon Bisarjon and Prometheus.
In the last 34 years Mohakal Natya Sampraday has produced 39 stage and street plays, said Mahakal chief Mir Zahid Hasan, who also recalled the former members of the troupe.
Mohakal Natya Sampraday has been an active member of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation. The troupe is known for producing theatre plays that address socio-political issues, along with plays of contemporary taste and flavour.
Following the discussion the troupe staged its play Nilakhyan on the occasion.
Based on Kazi Nazrul Islam’s short story Sapure, the play revolves around a snake-charmer who is forced to choose a life of celibacy in order to attain supernatural powers.
Adapted by Anan Zaman and directed by Yousuf Hasan Arko, the play is presented in the style of narrative theatre, which combines music, narration, dance and acting.
Nilakhyan begins with Zohor, leader of a snake charmer’s community, praying to the goddess of snakes Monosha. He asks the goddess to make him immune to snake venom.
The goddess accepts his prayer on one condition according to which Zohor will have to choose celibacy and dedicate both his body and mind for the cause. He will also have to suffer from the pain of venomous bites of 100 snakes.
A determined Zohor sets out on a journey to achieve his goal. He chooses a life of celibacy, due to which Binti, who loves Zohor, feels neglected and commits suicide.
The story takes a turn when Zohor, while nearing the end of his quest, falls in love with a girl. He breaks his vow of celibacy and thus fails to attain supernatural powers.

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