Saturday, 23 October, 2021
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‘Chitrangada’ to be staged at BSA today

Popular theatre troupe Swapnadal’s much-acclaimed theatrical production ‘Chitrangada’ will be staged at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today at 07:00pm. 

Based on an epic story from Mahabharata, the play Chitrangada has been written by Rabindranath Tagore when he was 31 years old.

However, he brought the play to stage as a lyrical dance drama in 1936 at age of 75.  Zahid Repon will direct the play, which is the 11th production of the theatre troupe.

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.

As a Brahmachari, Arjun refuses her love. Another reason for refusing her maybe 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 probable cast of the play includes Sonali, Shishir Sikder, Juena, Shamol Rana, Samad, Arko, Happy, Usha, Mashud, Bimol and others.