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Tagore’s comedy staged at Shilpakala

  • Published at 06:00 pm October 8th, 2016
Tagore’s comedy staged at Shilpakala
Noted theatre troupe, Loko Natyadal (Banani), staged its acclaimed production Boikunther Khata at The National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh of Shilpakala Academy on October 6. The drama was staged as a part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival 2016, which began on September, 24. B Boikunther Khata, based on a play of the same title by Rabindranath Tagore, was directed by Kamrun Nur Chowdhury, who also played a role in the production. Being a comedy, it was necessarily developed through a mix of comic events, and puns, but the playwright took time to address social anomalies and human flaws. The story follows an elderly person, Boikuntho, living with his widowed daughter, unmarried younger brother and servants. Boikuntho has a childish passion for the history of music and is writing a piece on that. He is indulged by his family, although they are not very appreciative of his writing. The story enters its main plot with the arrival of Kedar, a conman who appears to appreciate the easily impressionable Boikuntho’s literary talent to manipulate him to marry off his sister-in-law to Boikuntho’s brother. Abinash eventually falls in love with Monoroma, Kedar’s sister-in-law and marries her. However, Kedar’s plan to take over Boikuntha’s household fails as Abinash and others come to realise his plots. “Even though it’s a story of two families, a host of social unorthodoxy and practices were addressed through them. In a way, these characters represent a certain section of society,” said Kamrun Nur Chowdhury. Avarice, flattery, craftiness, falsehood –vices that exist in any normal human being and their effects were portrayed in the story in a very convincing, if humorous manner. Interestingly, Monoroma, a major character in terms of the events that shape up the story and set its course, never appears on the stage. Her presence is established through numerous references made by the onstage characters. The drama sticks closely to the original story of Rabindranath Tagore, keeping the dialogues as they are in the text. Jahidur Rahman Piplu, who plays the titular character of Boikuntha and the one who designed the set said, “It’s always a challenge to work on a Tagore piece because they are very nuanced and developed in multiple layers. We tried to present the story as simply as we could, so that the audience could relate to it.” Boikunther Khata is Loko Natyadal’s 25th production. The ministry of culture, Government of Bangladesh funded Loko Natyadal to stage Boikunther Khata on the occasion of the birth centenary of Rabindranath Tagore. Among others, Tanjima Rahman, Abdullah Al Harun, Anwar Kaiser, Basudev Halder, Sudhangsu Nath, Zahid Chowdhury and Nadit Nur Chowdhury Zadu performed in the drama. The 18-day National Theatre Festival 2016, organised jointly by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, will feature a total of 58 productions by troupes from across the country.
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