Theatre troupe Palakar will stage Syed Shamsul Haq’s Narigan at a theatre festival in Kolkata on February 3.
The festival will be organised by Kolkata-based troupe Nandiranga. The five-day event, titled ‘Nandiranga Natya Mela,’ will begin on February 1.
Narigan, directed by Ataur Rahman for local theatre troupe Palakar, is based on historical events involving the last independent Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-Daulah.
The play covers events that took place on July 3, 1757, the day Siraj-ud-Daulah was killed after he lost the Battle of Plassey about a week before. But instead of focusing on what happens to him, the play centres on the female members of the Nawab family, especially the war’s effects on them.
The play is based on the premise that men invite and fight wars but women are the ultimate victims.
The central characters are: Nawab Alivardi Khan’s wife (Siraj-ud-Daulah’s grandmother), Amina Begum (Siraj-ud-Daulah’s mother), Begum Lutfunnissa (Siraj-ud-Daulah’s wife) and Ghaseti Begum (his conspiring aunt).
Aminul Islam Mukul, a senior member of Palakar, said the team will leave Dhaka for Kolkata on February 1.
‘It is a play with powerful messages and a good story, and stars skilled actors, which are the reasons why we chose it for the festival,’ he added.
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