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Tashnuva Anan makes English play debut in New York

Artiste, news presenter, model and actress Tashnuva Anan, who is now residing in the US, recently performed in her maiden English stage play ‘Shakuntala’ in New York.

The play is adapted from the classic tale of the same name written by classical Sanskrit author Kalidasa, often considered ancient India’s greatest poet and playwright. It was brought to the stage by NY-based theatre group Dhaka Drama, and the play was staged at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens, New York, reports UNB.

‘Shakuntala’ is about the present situation of South Asian immigrant women who are facing a lot of abandonment issues. When I was working with a non-profit organisation, I saw the sorrow and suffering of immigrant women in front of my eyes, which motivated me to be a part of this play,” said Tashnuva.

According to the organisers, the 70-minute play explores the themes of desertion and abandonment of South Asian women by their husbands in a foreign land and their home country, juxtaposed with the motif of abandonment as depicted in the classic mythological story Shakuntala written by Kalidasa.