Assamese play at NSD fest regales audience

New Delhi: ‘Sup-Ek Prahashan’, an Assamese play dealing with the theme of exploitation and suppression of the common man by using the traditional theatre form of Ankiya Nat, was staged here as part of NSD`s Bharat Rang Mahotsav.

The play, with English subtitles, was enacted yesterday before a capacity audience at Meghdoot by the Akhora Ghor Natya Prasikhsan Kendra of Dibrugarh in Assam.

The story revolves around dictatorial Raja Dharmeswar and his cruel regime and unethical practices, and his ultimate removal from power by a mass revolution.

Because of his injustice and lavish ways, people of his kingdom revolt. As public outcry gathers momentum, the king tries to lure nobles, artistes and other influential members
of his kingdom with lucrative incentives and tries to garner support, but his efforts come to naught.

His wife, son, courtiers, and the commander-in-chief desert him as people storm his palace, remove him from his throne, and usher in an era of peace, justice and prosperity.

"The Ankiya Nat form of traditional drama, based on legends and scriptures, was conceptualised by Srimanta Sankardev. This form always held special attraction for me and by learning it I was able to appreciate the contribution made by this five-century old tradition towards the greater Indian cultural landscape," says scriptwriter and director Ashim Kumar Sharma.

"This is the story of the common man, their problems and their hopes. This story takes place every day in our lives. The theme of my drama is a universal one," Sharma said.


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