Theatre troupe Swapnadal will stage its production ‘Chitrangada’ at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city this evening.
Chitrangada, based on an epic story from the Mahabharata, has been written by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore when he was 31 years old.
However, he brought the play to stage as a lyrical dance drama in 1936, at age 75.
Zahid Repon will direct the play, which is the 57th production of the theatre troupe.
Talking to media about the production, Zahid Ripon said, “For any director, working on a Tagore play is always a different feeling.
To make the play more interesting, we have put a few songs and choreographies from the lyrical dance drama version.”
“Through this production, we’ll try to present Chitrangada as a symbol of womanhood. The play also throws light on the thoughts of men regarding women’s beauty,” he also said.
The story of the play begins with Chitrangada, a princess of Manipur. An expert in warfare, Chitrangada has no intention to lead the life of a common lady. But fortune frowns on her. Being acquainted with Arjun, Chitrangada, the legendary princess in the epic Mahabharata, falls in love with him who is in his 11th year of exile.
As a Brahmachari, Arjun refuses her love. Another reason for refusing her may be she is not so beautiful.
Brokenhearted, Chitrangada, who is also termed ‘Kurupa’, prays to Madan, the god of love, for beautifying herself. Impressed with her prayer, the god of love blesses her with a new formation, granting a beautiful appearance as ‘Shurupa’ for a year so that she can impress Arjun. Seeing her dazzling beauty, Arjun falls in love with the transformed princess. Thus, the story reaches its climax when Arjun feels a dire urge to meet the Kurupa form of Chitrangada for her bravery.
The probable cast of the play includes Sonali, Shishir Sikder, Monir Hossain, Shukonna Aamir, Afrin Anu and Asif Istiyar, among others.