Theatre Art Unit stages ‘Golapjan’ for a cause

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 26,2020


File photo shows a scene from Golapjan.

Renowned theatre troupe Theatre Art Unit staged a charity show of its acclaimed production ‘Golapjan’ at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to raise funds for ailing theatre activists under an initiative taken by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.

Golapjan is a symbolic play, which portrays struggle of workingwomen along with evolution of Dhaka city in the mid twentieth century.

The play has been directed by SM Solaiman. It revolves around Golapjan, her cart driver husband, son Sallu and their horse Lallu.

The play gives the audience a glimpse into development of Dhaka in the mid twentieth century. Carts get replaced by rickshaws and Golapjan’s husband becomes a rickshaw-puller, who loses his leg in an accident. Following which, Golapjan becomes the sole breadwinner of her family and the play moves forward.

Rokeya Rafique Baby plays the character of Golapjan in the play.

‘We staged Golapjan to raise funds for theatre artistes in need on Friday. I thank Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation on behalf of Theatre Art Unit for providing us with this opportunity,’ Rokeya Rafique Baby told New Age.

‘Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation organises a fundraising show every month to collect funds for theatre artistes in need. BGTF has provided financial assistance to several theatre activists including Dinajpur- based theatre activist Mozaffar Ahmed, Jhenaidah-based theatre activist Shahidul Islam, Kushtia-based theatre activist Bodhon Ali Pinu, journalist Shaju Ahmed and others,’ said Kamal Bayezid, secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, who also urged the government to stand beside destitute and ailing theatre activists.

Earlier, Nagarik Natyangan, Loko Natya Dal and Desh Natok have staged plays under the initiative.

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