Thursday, 9 February, 2023

‘Shikhandi Kotha’ to be staged at BSA today

‘Shikhandi Kotha’ to be staged at BSA today

Mahakal Natya Sampraday will stage its much-acclaimed production Shikhandi Kotha at the  National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) this evening.  

Written by Anan Zaman and directed by Rashid Harun, the play has depicted the struggle of the transgender community in Bangladesh.

‘Shikhandi Kotha’ sheds light on a group of Hijra (literally known as transgender community but they want their identity as third gender, neither man nor woman) and their common joys, woes and frustrations of everyday lives.

Shikhandi Kotha narrates the story of a transgender individual, who takes birth into a family as Ratan in a village named Hijaltali. When the boy reaches his adolescence, Ratan discovers a different gender in him and becomes Hijra with a feminine gender identity.

As Ratan’s gender problem reveals, the family refuses to accept him.

Ratan joins a Hijra community and takes the name Ratna. The story revolves around the woes of Ratna and other Hijras.

The probable cast of the play includes Mir Zahid Hassan, Faruq Ahmed Sentu, Habibur Rahman,  Syed Lutfar Rahman, Humayun Samrat, Ripon Farazi, Syed Ferdous Ekram,  Poly Biswas, Quamruzzaman Shobuj, Iqbal Chowdhury,  Akand Hira, Bithun Ahmed, Samiul Jibon, Touhidur Rahman, Rajib Hossen, Shahriar Palin, Shamsul Alom, Surela Nazim, Ibrahim, Badhon, Maya, Nasim, Farabi and others.