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‘Devdas’ staged at JU for the first time in Bangladesh

Update : 28 Mar 2018, 10:11 PM
A stage adaptation of “Devdas,” based on the 1917 novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, premiered at Jahangirnagar University’s Drama and Dramatics department on March 27. This was the novel’s first staged presentation in Bangladesh. The production, directed by department chair Professor Yusuf Hassan Arko, will run at the university’s Zahir Raihan Auditorium through March 30. Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime recently contacted the director of the play. He said: “We first thought of bringing ‘Devdas’ to the stage last year as it was the 100th anniversary of the classic novel. “Our department has always been working on stage adaptations of different art forms and genres such as songs, poems and in this case this timeless novel. Also we had an intention to see how much the character of Devdas holds up about a hundred years later in an era of technology,” he added. He also said: “We have been working and rehearsing very hard for a year to make this production as perfect as possible. The shows will be staged till March 30.” The story of the play revolves around a young man named Devdas from a wealthy Bengali Brahmin family in India in the early 1900s and his love with Paro, a young woman from a middle class Bengali merchant family. The novel has been adapted into film in many languages of the subcontinent including Bangla, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, Assamese and Malayalam.
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