Department of Theatre and Performance Studies of University of Dhaka has come up with a play titled “Panjore Chandroban” (Lunatic Asylum) which is written by Shahman Moishan and directed by Professor Dr. Israfil Shaheen. The play will be staged at the Experimental Theatre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from March 6 to March 9 at 7 pm, each evening. The masters’ students of the department will perform in the production.
The play is a political allegory that radiates the idea of home which revolves around the crisis and crying of the Rohingya people in context of the geopolitical catastrophe in South Asia, the political calamity of the Middle East and also the other geopolitical crisis of other parts of the globe.
The play examines the paradox of identity politics, hegemony of perverted intellectualism, the trauma of rape, the lower depths of the oppression, fractured existential crisis of being, the passion and misfortunes of kith and kinship, the hope for the promised land and the eternal desire for beauty.
The play stars Tanmay Paul, Sakhawat Fahad, Ummey Hany, Ummey Somaiya, Shangkar Kumer Bishwas, Roney Das, Israt Jahan Moutusi and Sanwarul Haque. Ashiq Rahman Leeon designed the set lights and props for the production. Kazi Tamanna Haque Sigma was the costume designer and music composer along with Sydur Rahman Lipon and Amit Chowdhury was the choreographer of the play.
The play will also be staged on March 13 at Patna and March 14 in Delhi to participate the 8th Theatre Olympic which is organized by the National School of Drama in New Delhi, India.