Saturday, 27 November, 2021

Three dramas to be staged at Shilpakala today

Three popular plays will be staged at three different venues of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today at 7:00pm simultaneously in the ongoing Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Festival.

‘Konjush’of Loko Natyadal (Banani) will be staged at the National Theatre Hall, ‘Court Martial’ of Theatre Art Unit at the Experimental Theatre Hall and Batikrom Nattya Goshti’s ‘Pakhi’ at the studio theatre hall of the academy. 

The play ‘Konjush’ is an adaptation of the Molière satire ‘The Miser’. The play is adapted by Tariq Anam Khan and directed by Kamrun Nur Chowdhury. Tariq Anam Khan’s adaptation of the play presents a ‘Dhakaiyya’ (a native of Old Dhaka) protagonist - a rich old man named Haider Ali. Through Haider Ali’s story, ‘Konjush’ attacks the selfish and opportunistic tendencies of the elite.

The cast of the play includes Khairul Alam, Kamrun Nur Chowdhury, Shamshad Begum, Mostofa Anwar Swopon, Zahidur Rahman, Zahid Chowdhury, Abdullah Al Harun, Monika Biswas and others.

On the other, ‘Court Martial’ has been adapted from the Marathi playwright Sawdesh Dipak’s play with the same title and dramatised by late theatre icon SM Solaiman.

The play depicts the dilemmas of the offspring of the Biranganas and the assimilation of the children of the Pakistani collaborators into the society after the Liberation War. ‘Court Martial’ showcases the fact that man cannot hold back the inherent jealousy and cruelty through staging of an imaginary court martial.

The play confronts the audience with a question: Is it possible for human beings to avoid inherent jealousy or cruelty? In ‘Court Martial’, the playwright has tried to find out the truth from the most disciplined institution of a nation, the army.

While Pakhi, written by Indian playwright Manoj Mitra and directed by Shaiful Islam Shohag, portrays the struggles of middle class families in society.

Pakhi focuses on a middle class couple who decides to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary through a grand celebration programme. However, the family is not so well-off as to arrange the programme as per their desire, since Neetish, the husband who is the only earning member of the family, is only a sales representative with a mediocre income.

But the couple’s determination to go on with their plan makes them overcome all the odds and the programme is held by cashing off Neetish’s provident fund.