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The awakening of women

Ami Birangana Bolchhi and Chitrangada staged at Shilpakala Academy

Scenes from “Ami Birangona Bolchhi”  Photo: Ridwan Adid Rupon Scenes from “Ami Birangona Bolchhi” Photo: Ridwan Adid Rupon

With the theme of awakening of women, the ongoing “Nari Jagoron'er Natyo Ayojon” is drawing a fairly large audience. On the third day of the festival, two plays were staged at the National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall of the Shilpakala Academy.

Scenes from “Chitrangada”.  Photo: Ridwan Adid Rupon Scenes from “Chitrangada”. Photo: Ridwan Adid Rupon

On Wednesday evening, theatre troupe Swapnodal staged their popular production, “Chitrangada”-- the Tagore masterpiece. Written against the backdrop of Hindu mythology, the lyrical play has been adapted by Zahid Repon from 1892's “Chitrangada” (not to be confused with dance drama “Chitrangada”--written in 1936). The play depicts the inner conflict of the human mind. Mythical hero Arjun comes to Manipur for spiritual contemplation; meanwhile the princess of Manipur, Chitrangada falls in love with the warrior. However, Arjun who does not find the princess attractive enough, rejects her love, creating a conflict in the plot. The play reveals a common human trait--the emphasis on external rather than inner beauty.
Meanwhile, at the National Theatre Hall, Nagorik Natyangan staged their much acclaimed play, “Ami Birangana Bolchi,” adapted from Dr. Nilima Ibrahim's eponymous book, depicting the tales of three women during the Liberation War. Veteran thespian Lucky Inam has scripted and directed the play taking one of the characters (war heroine) from the book as the central character. Lucky Inam herself was the performer in the solo drama which is the 9th production of the troupe. The festival closes on August 24.

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