Popular theatre troupe Mahakal Natya Sampraday’s much-acclaimed production ‘Neelakhyan’ will be staged at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) today.
Neelakhyan was dramatised by Anan Zaman based on ‘Sapure’ of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
The storyline of the play revolves around Zohor, leader of a snake charmers’ community, who eagerly appeales to Monosha, the goddess of snakes and the underworld, to grant him a spiritual status that will make him impervious to snake venom. The goddess accepts his prayer on the condition that he will have to abstain from carnal desires to dedicate his body and mind to achieving the goal.
He will also have to suffer 100 bites from snakes on consecutive nights surrounding the full moon. A determined Zohor sets out his journey to achieving the target and declares total sexual abstinence, which results in a suicide of his beloved Binti, who feels neglected.
The fatal blow comes when Zohor, nearing the end of his ‘sadhona’ (continuous spiritual effort to achieve something), falls in love with a girl and thus fails to attain his desired status.
The probable cast of the play includes Poly Biswas, Surela, Shamrat, Ripon Rony, Konal Ali Shathi, Shahinur Prity, Noor Akhter Maya, Shibli Sharker, Polin, Kanis Ftema Lisa, Mir Zahid Hasan and others.