The weeklong monodrama festival, which began on March 1 at Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity, will end today with a show of Chattogram-based theatre troupe Nandimukh’s Amar Ami.
Written and directed by Ashim Das, Amar Ami is based on the life of nineteenth century theatre actress Binodoni Dasi.
The play takes recourse to Binodini Dasi’s autobiographies like Amar Khatha, Amar Kotha and Amar Ovenitri Jiban to portray the life and works of one of the earliest female theatre actresses.
The play depicts Binodini Dasi’s ascent to fame in the second half of the nineteenth century and her abrupt decision to quit theatre. Nandimukh member Dipta Rakhsit will act in the monodrama.
Binodini Dasi was born in 1863. She began her acting career in 1874 through the play Shatrusanghar. The actress acted in over eighty plays including Pramila, Sita, Draupadi, Radha, Ayesha, Kaikeyi, Motibibi, Kapalkundala and others. She left acting abruptly in 1887.
The weeklong monodrama festival, organised jointly by Bangladesh Mahila Samity and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, featured plays like Kohe Birangana by Manipuri Theatre, Panchanari Akhyan by Dhaka Theatre, Novera by Dhrupadi Acting Space, Ami by Bangladesh Theatre, Helen Keller by Swapnadal and Biranganar Boyan by Shabdo Natyacharcha Kendra in the first six days.
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