Popular theatre troupe Swapnadal’s much-acclaimed production ‘Chitrangada’ was staged at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Tuesday
The troupe brought the drama onstage as a part of the ‘Selim Al Deen memorial festival’ that marked the 11th death anniversary of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen.‘Chitrangada’, the 11th production of Swapnadal, has been written by Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore and directed by Zahid Repon.
Rabindranath Tagore wrote ‘Chitrangada’ when he was 31 years old. However, he brought the play onstage as a lyrical dance drama in 1936. The story of the play begins with Chitrangada, a princess of Manipur. An expert in warfare, Chitrangada has no intention to lead the life of a common lady. But fortune frowns on her. Being acquainted with Arjun, Chitrangada, the legendary princess in the epic Mahabharata, falls in love with him who is in his 11th year of exile.
As a Brahmachari, Arjun refuses her love. Another reason for refusing her may be she is not so beautiful. Brokenhearted, Chitrangada, who is also termed ‘Kurupa’, prays to Madan, the god of love, for beautifying herself. Impressed with her prayer, the god of love blesses her with a new formation, granting a beautiful appearance as ‘Shurupa’ for a year so that she can impress Arjun. Seeing her dazzling beauty, Arjun falls in love with the transformed princess. Thus, the story reaches its climax when Arjun feels a dire urge to meet the Kurupa form of Chitrangada for her bravery.
The casts of the play include Sonali, Juena, Shishir, Shamol, Rana, Jebu, Sumaya, Samad, Usha, Arko, Shamrat, Ali, Bipul, Masud, Anindo, Shukumar, Bimol and others.