Int’l Theatre Day celebration at RCSC
A two-day programme to celebrate the International Theatre Day (March 27) ends today at the auditorium of Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC). The programme, featuring plays by Anton Chekhov Theatre Group and Charunidom School of Acting, started on March 25. On the first day, Anton Chekhov Theatre Group staged its production "Kansat-e Shomnath."
Based on "Tebhagar Diary" by Shomnath Hore, the play "Kansat-e Shomnath" narrates the story of farmers oppressed in different times throughout the history of Bengal.
Hore kept a journal when he was observing the Tebhaga movement in the greater Rangpur area after appointed by Calcutta Communist Party. Hore's notes describe the day-to-day oppression on local farmers that generated a mass grudge among them and forced them to initiate the movement.
As the play begins, Shomnath finds himself at the front of a mob in Kansat. The angry mob is demanding electricity to supply water necessary for the survival of their crops.
On the other hand, Abani, Hari, Lakkhi, Shomen and Laily are some of the characters from the Tebhaga period who plan to keep their hard-earned harvest instead of giving it all to the landlords. But they know, to do so they have to fight against the mighty landlords.
Through the play, director Abdullah Al Rashed compares the fate of oppressed peasants who initiated the Tebhaga movement in the late 1940s with the plight of farmers of Kansat, Chapainawabganj in 2006. Both times, farmers made the ultimate sacrifice to achieve their goal.
Abdullah Al Rashed along with Humayun Kabir Himu has adapted the play. A group of young actors including Ranak, Mamun, Sonnet, Rony, Helen and Ela played the central characters of Shomnath, Rupkanta, Jamshed, Lakkhi, Laily and others.
Today, Charunidom School of Acting will stage three short plays titled "Arshola," "Nana Rong-er Dinguli" and "Sharat-er Megh" adapted from Anton Chekhov's works. Gazi Rakayet is the director of the plays. Rakayet gave a brief welcome speech prior to the staging of "Kansat-e Shomnath.”