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DHAKA | Friday | 14 October 2011
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Humayun Ahmed's Devi staged
  Imam Hossain

As part of the commemorative events of theatre troupe Bahubachan's 40th founding anniversary, the troupe held a show of its production Devi at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on October 13. The play is an adaptation of a novel with the same title of popular writer Humayun Ahmed, who is currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer in the US. This was the 53rd show of the play.

Bahubachan was founded in 1971. Since its inception the theatre troupe has contributed greatly to taking the group theatre movement forward in the post war Bangladesh.

Through the movement theatre became a medium of education and cultural awakening. Necessary developments were initiated regarding presentation of plays, acting and more.

Devi is the 22nd production of Bahubachan. The production was premiered in the year of 2000. Since then, the play has had many shows both in Bangladesh and abroad.

It has been directed by Arham Alo and dramatised by Iqbal Hossain.

Through depiction of a number of supernatural incidents, the play zooms in on an interesting theme - contradiction between the conscious and the subconscious mind of human.

The plot of the play revolves around Ranu, a young woman, and Misir Ali, one of the most widely found fictional characters of Humayun Ahmed.

A psychologist, Misir Ali is known for his interpretations of paranormal activates.

Ranu, who looks upon herself as a goddess, approaches Misir Ali for treatment. Misir Ali listens to her.

Psychologist Misir Ali explains that Ranu's belief in the existence of a goddess within is a hallucination.

However, a few incidents such as rescuing of a girl named Nilu from her abductor Ahmed Baset cannot be explained with any scientific theory.

Ismat Ara Shanta played the role of Ranu while Toufiqur Rahman played Misir Ali in the play.

The cast of the play included Sagar, Rina, Jhuma, Musfiq Raj, Satter Hira, Shaon and Arham Alo.

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