Submitted by WBRi Tollywood News on Sun, 12/25/2011 - 00:09.
December 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations):The directorial genius of Mamunur Rashid
and his insights on the Santal Revolt in Northern Bangladesh comes out
most clearly in the critically acclaimed stage production by Aranyak, ‘Rarang’ or the Battle Cry.
On 21 December, 2011, the theater-happy crowd of Kolkata was treated
with yet another enthralling edition of this stage act at the Academy of
Fine Arts, put up as a part of the Nandikar’s 28th National Theater
Enacted for more than a 100th time in a row, Rarang is a
heart-wrenching depiction of the oppression that the Santals of Vimpur
(a village in Naogaon) were put through – by the ruling Bengalis in
1947, with allusions to the Santal Revolt of 1855 during British Raj.
Inspired by the real life story of Alfred Shoren, the tribal leader
who set an example of brave rebellion against the feudalism and racism,
the play is enriched by the performances of veteran stage actors, like Tomalika Karmaker and Chanchal Chowdhury, apart from a memorable stint by the director himself.
Read the complete Bengali drama (Bangla Natok) review at WBRi.