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6 August, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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74TH DEATH ANNIV OF RABINDRANATH

Natyateertha stages Tagore’s ‘Kangkal’ at BSA tomorrow

DL Desk

To mark the 74th death anniversary of Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore, popular theatre troupe Natyateertha is going to bring its acclaimed play ‘Kangkal’ on stage tomorrow at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Segun Bagicha in the city.
Rabiul Islam adapted the play, while Tapan Hafiz directed it.
The story of ‘Kangkal’ (Skeleton) revolves around the dreamlike conversations that take place between a man (named Khoka Babu in the play) and a girl’s apparition (named Kanak in the play).
The story runs thus that Khoka Babu, for a night, comes to sleep in a spare room where there once was a skeleton for studying osteology. Khoka Babu, being sleepless, thinks of the whereabouts of the skeleton; and suddenly there comes a girl’s apparition who claims she has come to see her skeleton.
The apparition, on request, begins to tell the tale of her life- how she ended up being a skeleton for the study of osteology. The story of the girl is what attracts most, and questions the social values of the society that Tagore portrays in the play.
Early-married and early-widowed, the girl, (who claims to have had a ‘rare and radiant beauty’ when she was alive), could not marry again as the society did not see it fit.
But the youthful charm and beauty of six-and-twenty years could not resist the desire to fall in love of a man.
Thence begins a love story between the girl and a doctor (named Shekhar in the play), who is her brother’s friend. Here, the director presented the story in flashback. However, as the society stood in the way of that love, the doctor surrendered to the laws of the society and decided to marry another girl.
Kanak couldn’t endure what she deems insult to her beauty and womanhood. She, on the eve of the doctor’s marriage, dresses as a bride and poisons the doctor’s wine glass and commits suicide.
The lead casts of the play include Sadia Islam Shanta as Kanak, Tapan Hafiz as Kanak’s brother, Shamsur Rahman Peru as the doctor and Ismile Ahmed Ayon as Khoka Babu.
Fayez Jahir has planned the set and light design, while Parimal Majumder is in background music, Irin Parvin Lopa in costume design and Samiun Jahan Dola in choreography.

Where:    BSA, Segun Bagicha
When:    7 pm, tomorrow

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