Padatik Natya Sangsad staged Beder Meye at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy last week
The show was organized as a part of the tenth Syed Badruddin Hossain Smrity Natyautsab that kicked off on April 4 . Padatik Natya Sangsad has been organising the festival since 2010 as a tribute to the troupe’s late president Syed Badruddin Hossain, who served as Padatik’s president till his death in 2009.
Beder Meye ( the gypsy girl) , written by poet-playwright Jasimuddin and directed by Dr Irin Parvin Lopa, depicts the strength and struggles of the people of the Bede (snake charmers) community, specially its women.
Through portrayal of the tragic story of Champabati, a beautiful gypsy girl, the play shows women’s inner strength and the courage with which they deal with the adversities of life.
Champabati, while performing at a village along with several members of her group, is kidnapped by the village chieftain. The village chieftain tells Champabati that if she does not listen to him all the members of Champa’s snake charmer’s community will be killed. A helpless Champa agrees to listen to the chieftain. However, she manages to escape after a few days.
After returning to her home she finds that her lover Goya has been bitten by a snake. Champabati sucks the venom out of Goya’s body but she dies in the process.
Padatik artistes Shamsi Ara Sayeka, Shakhwat Hossain Shimul, Mominul Haque Dipu, Imran Khan, Afroza Pinky and others acted in the play.
The eight-day festival feature 20 plays by 16 local and four Indian theatre troupes. The opening day of the festival featured shows of Dakat Hiru by Indian troupe Beejpur Chaturthasutra at National Theatre Hall, Galileo by Nagarik Natya Sampraday at Experimental Theatre Hall and Eka Ek Nari by Natyachakra at Studio Theatre Hall.
The festival also feature theatre shows by local troupes including Prachyanat, Stage One, Theatre (Baily Road), BotTola, Open Space Theatre, Bunan Theatre, Natyam Repertory, Dristipat Natya Sangsad, Dhrupadi Acting Space, Bangla Theatre, Niravaran Theatre, Shunyan Repertory, Batighar and the host troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad.
Indian troupes Purgatory, Yoni and Amta Parichoy also stage plays at the festival.
Besides theatre shows, a discussion on Syed Badruddin Hossain was also held on April 11.