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12:00 AM, January 14, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 14, 2018

Palakar bringing back “Bangla'r Mati Bangla'r Jol”

Tagore's “Chhinnopotro” adaptation at BSA today

Theatre troupe Palakar is bringing back their acclaimed production “Bangla'r Mati Bangla'r Jol” to the stage, today at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's National Theatre Hall.

Based on Rabindranath Tagore's “Chhinnopotro”, the play has been adapted by the iconic Syed Shamsul Haq and directed by eminent thespian Ataur Rahman.

This will be the 28th staging of the play.

Unlike other Tagore adaptations, the bard himself emerges as the central character in this play, which aptly sketches Tagore's stay at Shilaidah in Bangladesh to look after his family estates. The play is also a description of the scenic beauty of the countryside through Tagore's perception, and articulates how the poet was moved by the openness of the rural people and the mystic songs of Lalon.

In the play, the bard-landlord's fascination for this land has been narrated through recitation, song, soliloquy, and sometimes through general conversations. It also highlights that a number of Tagore's noted literary works – including “Shamapti”, “Chitrangada”, “Chhuti” and “Postmaster”, which he wrote after coming across the villagers during his stay in East Bengal.

Shamim Shagor plays Rabindranath Tagore in the play, with a supporting cast of Deepta Rakkhit Lovely, Shahriar Khan Rintu, Aminur Rahman Mukul, Shormy Mala and others.

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