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Entertainment: Theatre troupe Natyabed makes its debut with “Mon Paboner Nao”

Natyabed, a new theatre group, staged its first production “Mon Paboner Nao” on June 9 at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Dipak Roy is the director of the play -- an adaptation of Bibhash Chakrobarty's “Madhob Malancho Koinna.”
A group of theatre enthusiasts from Dhaka University have formed the troupe. Before the Dhaka premiere, the play was first staged in Mymensingh last month. The play is based on folk ballads from “Mymensingh Geetika,” which explains why Natyabed staged the premiere in Mymensingh.
Roy said that in the late 1980s, Onno Theatre from Kolkata staged “Madhob Malancho Koinna” in Dhaka, which inspired him greatly. He has made some changes in his play though.
“Mon Paboner Nao” narrates the tale of a prince named Madhob. He is the youngest of five siblings. After their father's demise, the elder brothers hatch a conspiracy against Madhob because a fortuneteller has disclosed that Madhob will be the next king.
Madhob learns of the plot and somehow manages to flee the palace. He takes shelter in a neighbouring kingdom. There he meets Malancho, the princess.
Madhob falls for Maloncho but cannot disclose his identity. To add to his woes, the king arranges Maloncho's marriage with another prince. Through many ups and downs, the story ends on a happy note.
Mostafizur Rahman enacted the role of Madhob, while Farzana Yasmin played Malancho. Among others, Mohammad Zahirul Islam, Surobhi Roy, Limon Hossain, Asad Zaman and Nur Islam Tipu performed in the play.
The director of the play also did set and light designing for the play.

Source: The Daily Star
Date:11/06/2010

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