A trib­ute to As­samese play­wright on June 11

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - HT Correspondent ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

ASSAM SAHITYA SANMILAN’S BEST AC­TOR AWARD WINNER BIKRAM RAJKHOWA WILL PLAY THE PROTAGONIST

NAVI MUM­BAI: Natyam, an am­a­teur drama group in as­so­ci­a­tion with Brahma­pu­tra Can­cer Care So­ci­ety (BCCS) will stage an As­samese play ‘Karen­gar Li­giri’ (Maid of Palace) at the Cidco au­di­to­rium in Vashi on June 11.

The pro­gramme will be a trib­ute to Rup­kon­war Jy­oti Prashad Agar­walla, a leg­endry cul­tural icon and play­wright from Assam.

The play was also writ­ten by Agar­walla in 1937.

“Karen­gar Li­giri is a per­fect blend­ing of hu­man emo­tion, em­pa­thy, love and af­fec­tion, vi­o­lence and ha­tred and joy and sor­row,” said Pran­jal M Bharad­waj, the play’s di­rec­tor.

“Even think­ing of stag­ing the epic in Mum­bai with the lo­cal am­a­teur ac­tors is a chal­lenge. Natyam is mak­ing a sin­cere ef­fort to keep the orig­i­nal flavour in­tact,” he added.

Assam Sahitya Sanmilan’s best ac­tor award winner Bikram Rajkhowa, pop­u­larly known as Biki, will play the protagonist Mu­sic di­rec­tor and Ra­jat Ka­mal Award winner Anurag Saikia and sound en­gi­neer Suku­mar Dutta will lend their tal­ent.

BCCS is a non-profit which has been work­ing for the can­cer pa­tients since 2010.

“The play’s ground-break­ing mes­sage mod­ernised As­samese theatre. It beau­ti­fully por­trays the con­flict in the protagonist’s mind, which was be­tween his revo­lu­tion­ary thoughts and the feu­dal­is­tic so­cial norms,” said Bharad­waj.

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