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‘Chitrangada’ to be staged at BSA today

‘Chitrangada’ to be staged at BSA today

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Popular theatre troupe Swapnadal will stage its much-acclaimed production ‘Chitrangada’ at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) this evening. Swapnadal is staging the drama as part of the ongoing Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Festival.

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

Tagore brought the play to stage as a lyrical dance drama in 1936 at age of 75. Swapnadal’s Chief Secretary Zahid Repon will direct the play.  

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 an ordinary lady. But fortune frowns on her. Being acquainted with Arjun, Chitrangada, the legendary princess in the epic Mahabharata, falls in love with him.

Arjun rejects her love being a Brahmachari and Chitrangada is not so beautiful.

Then, brokenhearted Chitrangada 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 of the play continues. 

The probable cast of the play includes Sonali, Shishir Sikder, Juena, Shamol Rana, Samad, Arko, Happy, Usha, Mashud and Bimol.