Popular theatre troupe Loko Natyadal (Siddeshwari) from Bangladesh will stage their much-acclaimed play Sonai Madhab at the 'Second International Theatre Festival' in Kolkata, India. The four-day festival will take place at Behala Sarat Sadan in Kolkata. Sonai Madhab will be staged on January 14 at 6:30 pm as the concluding play of the festival.
The festival was inaugurated by Shrimati Usha Ganguly at 6 pm yesterday. Along with four plays from India, the plays from Bangladesh and Brazil will be staged at the festival.
Sonai Madhab is one of the 10 ballads of Mymensingh Geetika, and it bears all characteristics of a ballad. It is woman-centric, it is presented through songs, and it is what can be called a romance that ends with a tragedy. The play focuses mostly on the woes of Sonai, a rural, fatherless girl brought up by her maternal uncle. How society strangles Sonai's love for Madhab is presented in the traditional pala form.
In its presentation, Loko Natyadal combined traditional panchali and jatra. Although a woman-centric play, there was no female artiste in the production and all female roles were enacted by male artistes. The audience can visualize the story in Pala form through traditional music and dance recitals. The play, directed by Youngin Gomez, is a dramatic depiction that weaves woes, agonies and dilemmas of women in a traditional narrative way.
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