With a slogan like ‘Let the New Year come and past year go, let’s be friend with theater ‘, Swapnadal, one of the leading theater troupe of Bangladesh, is organizing four special performance of their acclaimed production Chitrangada on April 13 and 14. The theater troupe is organizing the special show to celebrate the ‘Chaitra Sankranti’ and ‘Pahela Baishakh’.Chitrangada, written by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore based on an epic story from the Mahabharata, will be staged at the Studio Theater Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on April 13 at 6:00pm and 7:30pm and on April 14 at 11:00am and 12:30pm.
Rabindranath Tagore wrote Chitrangada when he was 31 years old; however, he brought the play to stage as a lyrical dance drama in 1936, at age 75. The play is directed by Zahid Repon. This is the 11th production of the theater troupe.
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 maybe 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.