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Bou Basanti to be staged at Shilpakala Academy today

Culture Desk     10 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Bou Basanti to be staged at Shilpakala Academy today

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpighosthi will stage its much-acclaimed production ‘Bou-Boshonti’ at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital at 7:00pm today.

Written by Ratan Siddique and directed by Azad Abul Kalam, the drama is a very popular production of the central Drama Department of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi.

The play is based on the backdrop of the liberation war of 1971 in a typical village where rural life is colourfully portrayed with enjoyment, grief, love and thievery.

In the play Badar and Manu are thieves.

Badar loves a girl named Rizia who is the daughter of a beggar named Motaleb. Sekandar, son of the village chairman, punishes Badar and Manu and evicts them out of the village for their crime and so they start living at Halim’s house in another village. Rizia refuses Badar and finds a job at Sekandar’s house. After sexual harassment by Sekander, villagers force Sekander to marry Rizia, the daughter of a beggar.

Halim is the person who sells the stolen goods and he has a daughter named Jyotsna who is fascinated by films, maintains many affairs and is greedy. Moina, a fisherman of the village, joins Pakistani Army and fights against the freedom fighters. On the other hand Pakistani army tortures Halim. Meanwhile Jyotsna marries Badar for social security but after the liberation war Jyotsna leaves his house with Moina.

Audience witnesses the life of villagers during the time of liberation war in the play. 

“The story of the play started in East Pakistan and ended in Bangladesh. While we were under the reign of East Pakistan, Bangalees were desperate to be free of the tyrannical rule. In liberated Bangladesh, a few miscreants still exist who want to deny the outcome of the glorious war. This political message is focused in the backdrop of the rural people’s lives”, said Ratan Siddique about the theme of the play.   The stage and lighting design was done by Saiful Islam while the music was composed by Rahul Ananda.