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18. Dezember 2012 2 18 /12 /Dezember /2012 02:20
Jotodin Robey Padma Meghna’ premiered→ Culture Desk 
 With the premiere of its dance drama, ‘Jotodin Robey Padma Meghna’, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy observed the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day at its National Theatre Main Hall on Friday evening.

Prior to staging of the show, a discussion was held to mark the day.

Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad graced the programme as chief guest.

Presided over by BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky, the programme also saw the presence of Cultural Affairs Secretary Suraiya Begum as special guest.

The speakers, at the programme, paid their homage to the intellectuals, who were systematically slaughtered to cripple the emerging Bangladesh intellectually on the eve of victory by the Pakistani occupation army and their local collaborators.

They also stressed the need to accelerate the trial of war crimes mentioning it, ‘demand of the hour’.

The discussion was followed by the debut show of ‘Jotodin Robey Padma Meghna’, a BSA production which has been directed by prominent dancer-choreographer Warda Rihab.

About the dance drama, Rihab said, “For me, ‘Jotodin Robey Padma Meghna’ is a remarkable work through which I can pay a tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman. The drama merges indigenous dance genres like Manipuri Nritya, Lathi Naach with acting, miming and even martial arts.

“The martial art segment, which is literally Kalaripayattu, an Indian martial art from Kerala, has been choreographed aptly by Indian (Kolkata) artiste Kajal Hazra. Ahsan Habib associated dancers in acting part. The artistes of the dance drama are from dance school Dhriti Nartanalay,” she added.

“We have plans to stage the drama soon,” she also added.

The drama, which depicts life of Bangabandhu, incorporates songs like ‘Ekti kobita lekha hobey’, ‘Shono ekti mujiborer theke’, ‘Dukhini Bangla janoni Bangla kende koy’, ‘Jotodin robey Padma Meghna’ and so on.

Rooted in history, the story of the drama highlights the versatile life of Bangabandhu and historic events of life.

The drama also paid a tribute to Sheikh Russell, youngest son of Bangabandhu who had a tragic demise in 1975 through dance performances on ‘Russellre boro etim hoye gelam’.

When the drama reaches its end it turns into fury in claims of the war crimes trial and closes with dance recital on, ‘Jara pitribhumite boiyechhe shonito dhara’.

The cast of the drama included, among others, Warda Rihab, Pushpita, Priyoti, Prima, Moon, Anindita, Probha, Robin, Sunny, Raihan, Nithor Mahbub, Maliha, Hridi, Aishi and Chaiti.

Sudip Chakroborty designed the set of the production while the costumes’ design was done by Rihab.

The dance drama has been produced by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of its current programme, ‘Swadhinatar 40 Bochhor O Shilper Aloy Mohan Muktijuddha’.
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