Popular theatre troupe Prangonemor will stage its much-acclaimed production ‘Aurangzeb’ today after six months. The 45th show of the drama will be staged at the Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samiti at 07:00pm.
Written by Mohit Chattopadhyaya and directed by Ananta Hira, the historical matrix of the play, sketching the Mughal palace-politics on stage, provides a base for an exploration of man’s eternal greed for power.Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s son Aurangzeb’s war of succession to throne and ideological conflict with his father who is open-minded to all religions and wants to establish another Taj Mahal-like tomb for his own body at any cost, and Aurangzeb, who dreams of ‘one nation, one language, one religion’articulates and fiercely fights to establish an Islamic fundamentalist state, took the centre of the play.
When Emperor Shah Jahan fell ill in 1657, a war of succession broke out among his four sons, Dara Shikoh, Shuja, Aurangzeb and Murad.
The main contenders were Dara and Aurangzeb while Shahjahan’s two daughters Jahanara and Roshanara, supported Dara and Aurangzeb respectively.
The Emperor himself lent his support to his eldest son Dara, who alone of the four brothers, was present at Agra and sympathetic to Shahjahan’s dream-plan of building a black-marble-mahal for himself on the other side of Jamuna facing Mumtaz’s Tajmahal.
Aurangzeb believed in territorial expansion and Muslim orthodoxy; Dara stood for imperial consolidation and a secular empire. Thus a clash for succession became inevitable.
Aurangzeb challenged Dara, defeated him, imprisoned their father and assumed imperial authority on 21 July 1658.After liquidating his three brothers, he crowned himself emperor of India, assuming the title Alamgir (Conqueror of the World).
The cast of the play included Ananta Hira in the title role, Nuna Afroz as Roshanara, Ramiz Raju as Shah Jahan, Mainul Tawheed, Sarwar Saikat, Shuvechha, Regan Rotno, Shuvo, Biplob and Prakriti.