Theatre Factory stages play on poet Kalidas

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 28,2019


A scene from Asharashya Pratham Dibashey. — Sourav Lasker

Theatre troupe Theatre Factory staged two shows of its first production Asharashya Pratham Dibashey at Experimental Theatre Hall at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday and Friday.

The play, a translation of Mohan Rakesh’s Hindi play Ashadh Ka Ek Din, has been directed by Alok Basu while Angshuman Bhowmik has translated the play into Bangla.

It was staged in association with Indian High Commission to Dhaka. 

The story of the play revolves around the love story between legendary poet Kalidas and a young girl Mallika.

Kalidas lives in a Himalayan village and refuses to be anywhere else.

Though the villagers, including Mallika’s mother, fail to comprehend Kalidas’ merit, Mallika tells Kalidas that he will gain popularity if he goes to the capital.

Kalidas travels to the capital at request of Mallika and gradually achieves fame as poet.

The king becomes impressed after reading Kalidas’ works. He makes Kalida his son in law.

After Kalidas becomes the ruler of the kingdom, he decides to visit his village again.

He travels to the village and finds that a lot has changed over the years. He tries to pen poems again but fails to find suitable words.

The play ends with Kalidas realising that back then it was Mallika who inspired him to pen his greatest works.

Sonjita Sharmin played Mallika and Ramiz Raju played Klaidas. Besides, Shamsun Nahar Beauty, Hasanuzzaman, Mishal Somapta and others acted in the play.

‘We were really impressed by the plot of the play. Therefore, we decided to stage it. I hope the audience found the play entertaining,’ Alok Basu, the director of the play, told New Age.

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