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British Council spreads disability awareness through play by Nawshaba

'Tribeni' is a story that talks about oneness, spirituality and the journey of spiritual union to overcome the modern-day cold wars and dividations in a symbolic way

Update : 22 Apr 2024, 11:24 PM

“Tribeni” directed by Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed will be shown at the Dhaka Theatre on April 26. The play is a part of DARE (Disability Arts: Redefining Empowerment), a three-year project aimed at building understanding and confidence amongst the disability and the arts sector in Bangladesh and is aimed to dispel the social stigma associated with disability, and build an accessible bridge between arts, disability and society by the British Council.

The project is focused to develop the capacity of artists and persons with disability through a series of training and capacity development programs in Bangladesh in partnership with UK artists and arts organisations.

"Tribeni" is a story that talks about oneness, spirituality and the journey of spiritual union to overcome the modern-day cold wars and dividations in a symbolic way. A partially blind but gifted young woman rises above her limitations and embarks on a journey towards an unseen goal. She arrives at a dark time in the present world. She appears as a light source in the lives of people trapped in this cycle of time. Her free and fearless spirit touches everyone but only those who conquer their fears see the light of freedom they long for. Musical Puppet Theater Triveni is an attempt to present Rabindra Nath Tagore's timeless creation "Rakta Karbi" in a contemporary context.

Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed is an actress, voice artist, painter, puppeteer, director and a social activist. Ahmed first acted in the film Udhao in 2008. She founded a theater troupe named Together We Can in 2018. Together We Can produced a play "Riya, Girl with a White Pigeon", featuring children with special needs from Rajshahi. She also worked as the puppeteer behind Sisimpur’s puppet character Ikri for seven years.

Apart from “Tribeni,” the British Council has also produced "Fearless," a timely play aimed at changing negative perceptions about people with disability and improve understanding around social inclusion.

They have also worked with "Together We Can" before, producing the play “Mukti Aloy Aloy…I am the light” which follows the story a lively teenage girl Ratna, fond of sports and studies, whose life takes a challenging turn when she is forced into child marriage. This work was performed by people with disabilities.

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