Sheikh Saadi to be staged in India

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:47, Jan 20,2020

 
 

File photo shows a scene from Sheikh Saadi. — New Age photo

Local theatre troupe Chandrakala Theatre will stage its 18th production ‘Sheikh Sadi’ in the upcoming International Theatre Festival in New Delhi, India.

The play will be staged at Rajiv Gandhi Mancha on January 27 at the festival, which will be held from January 25-29.

Sheikh Saadi is based on the life of legendary Persian poet Sheikh Saadi. The play has been written by Apurba Kumar Kundu and directed by H R Anik. It gives the audience a glimpse into the society of Sheikh Saadi’s time where leading intellectuals were often invited to the royal courts by monarchs.

‘We have been participating in the theatre festival for the last 11 years. We staged our play ‘Dwita Manab’ in the festival last year. We will leave Dhaka for India on January 24. I hope the audience will find the play entertaining,’ H R Anik, director of the play and general secretary of Chandrakala Theatre, told New Age.

The play opens with Balban, the prince of Delhi, inviting leading poets of his time to a literary conference. He invites Sheikh Saadi to attend the conference as chief guest. Saadi’s friend poet Amir Khusrow writes the invitation letter on behalf of the prince.

Though Sheikh Saadi is delighted upon receiving the invitation, he is unable to visit Delhi due to his health problems. He decides to spend the last days of his life in a city named Shiraz in Iran, where he spent his golden years including his childhood and youth.

As the story moves forward, a number of Indian dignitaries arrive in Shiraz.

Sheikh Saadi meets up with them and gifts them a number of his books including Gulistan.

H R Anik will play the character of Sheikh Saadi in the play.

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