A two-day-long theatre fest titled ‘Natto Parban’, organised by Gangni Theatre and Surangan, will be inaugurated today at Upazila Parishad Auditorium located in Gangni, Meherpur. BotTala, a prominent theatre troupe, will stage their acclaimed production ‘Khona’, written by Samina Lutfa Nitra and directed by Mohammad Ali Haider, at the fest.
The play is based on the popular mythological character of Bangla folklore Khona, whose sayings have been passed down from generation to generation as a part of tradition among educated and amateurish farmers. In the play, Mihir, an astrologer, is disowned by his father as he makes a grave astrological miscalculation. His father Varaha is a royal astrologer of Dharmaketu. Lila, born at Lanka and wife of Mihir, is an astrologer in her own right. She reunites the father and the son. Lila and Mihir then are introduced to the royal court and eventually they both join as royal astrologers. Being a royal astrologer, Lila feels that farmers of Deyulnagar have high prospects in agriculture. She gathers knowledge and spreads her findings among the farmers in the form of rhymes. Seeing the popularity of Lila among the commoners, Varaha becomes jealous. He claims Lila’s work as his without her knowledge. When she retaliates, Varaha orders Mihir to cut Lila’s tongue off to save his honour. Hence, Lila, the astrologer, comes to be known as Khona who cannot speak.BotTala will stage their another production, Crutch’er Colonel (based on Shahaduzzaman's documentary novel of the same title), dramatized by Soummya Sarkar and Samina Lutfa Nitra and directed by Mohammad Ali Haider, on the concluding day of the fest.