Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

‘Chitrangada’ to be staged at BSA today

Theatre troupe Swapnadal will stage its much-acclaimed theatrical production ‘Chitrangada’ at   the Experimental Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today.

Swapnadal’s Chief Secretary Zahid Repon is the director of the play. 

Based on an epic story from Mahabharata, the play Chitrangada has been written by Rabindranath Tagore when he was 31 years old. However, Tagore brought the play to stage as a lyrical dance drama in 1936 at age of 75.

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, after 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 cast of the play includes Sonali, Juena, Shishir Sikder, Shamol, Arko, Shumaya, Happy, Usha, Mashud, Bimol, Samad and others.