A play about the life and struggle of Harijans, a secluded caste of the Hindu community was brought on stage by Sareng Theatre, a prominent theatre troupe of Mymensingh over the past weekend.
Written by Nizam Mallik Nizu, a journalist and writer, the play titled “Monkaya” was directed by Aminul Hasan, also a journalist.
This was the second show of the play and 33rd stage performance of the troupe, said AKM Mamunul Haque Biplob, president of the group.
The cast of the play were Sanchita Chowdhury, Delwar Kabir Dulal, Chaity Chowdhury, Amir Hossain, Sushmita Chowdhury, Anwar Hossain and Sayeeda Binte Hamid.
About the play, Nizam Mallik said: “This is the first theatre production in Mymensingh on the struggle of Harijans, their inhuman conditions and also repression and oppression by different quarters of the so-called civilized society.
“The overwhelming response to the first show prompted us to stage the play again on Friday evening. Once again we received a very positive response and this inspires us to do more work on different social issues prevailing for centuries,” said Nizam Mallik.
Earlier, at a discussion marking the event, speakers pointed out that not merely were the grief and sorrows of Harijans depicted in the play but their traditional festivals with dances also revealed their rich cultural heritage that had survived for centuries.