Dhaka Theatre staged its much-acclaimed production Binodini at the Mahila Samity Mancha in the capital on Friday evening.
Directed by Nasiruddin Yousuff, the one-act play features Shimul Yousuff, a pioneering actress of the century who has immense contribution to shaping the country’s theatre scene, as Binodini Dasi.
Based on the autobiography of Binodini Dasi, Saymon Zakaria scripted the play under the guidance of late theatre icon Selim Al Deen.
The play portrays the rise of Binodini Dasi as an actress, who emerged from dark society.
By dint of her talent, commitment and dedication, she could elevate the performing art of theatre to a different height.
For over a century, she inspired women to fight all odds and break all barriers to making their mark on stage as actresses despite the fact that her life was never smooth and happy.
In a short span of her performing life, Binodini acted in 80 plays and portrayed 90 characters.
Binodini, the 31st production of Dhaka Theatre, is a tribute to Binodini Dasi for her pioneering role in establishing professional Bangla theatre.
The troupe experimented with the biography of Binodini Dasi and brought her life, work and struggle to stage through the play.
Apart from playing the role of Binodini, Shimul Yousuff played a total of 32 characters relating to her life. The play begins with reading out the diary of Binodini Dasi that reveals her rise as an actress from a sorrowful state.
The play is presented in a classical narrative style mingled with Bangla theatre’s rich traditional acting form and language, containing songs, dances, dialogues, verses and physical gestures. Kamaluddin Kabir was the set designer of the play while Ishrat Nishat designed lights for the play.