It was a 350-year-old folk tale from Bangladesh that regaled a packed crowd at Tagore Theatre in the capital at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the evening. 'Amina Sundari', adapted by late theatre icon SM Solaiman from Nachhar Malum O Bhelua Sundari and directed by Rokeya Rafique Baby, told dramatic depiction that weaves woes, agonies and dilemmas of women in a traditional narrative form.
The concept of women issues, in the backdrop of a male-dominated society, often takes the centre stage of current theatrical productions. Based on the folktale, Amina Sundari was brought to stage by Theatre Art Unit as its 12th production which has already made a place among the theatre-lovers. After being abandoned by her husband, Amina Sundari, the protagonist in the play, becomes alone and starts counting days for his arrival from Myanmar. Meanwhile in Myanmar, Nachhar deceptively remarries a local merchant's daughter, Ekhin, and does not seem to be bothered about Amina's life. The play reaches its climax when Nachhar by fate comes in contact with Amina at Bhola Sawdagar's house. He recognises her but the first thing he asks is about her chastity.