Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC staged its liberation war-based play Kaalratri on Monday at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy marking the Victory Day.
The play, adapted by Tanvir Ahmed Sidney from a story titled Lone Survivor by Lamisa Shirin Hossain and directed by Wahidul Islam, depicts the night of March 25, 1971 when the Pakistan army clamped down on unarmed civilians to curb the Bengali nationalist movement.
Through conversations between a young girl and her grandfather, a Dhaka University teacher, the play goes to portray the dark night of March 25.
The girl s curiosity about the liberation war is intensified by her encounter with a wounded man, a former student of her grandfather. The girl comes to know that the wounded man was a freedom fighter.
Both the grandfather and his student recall their experiences of the war, which constitute the essence of the play. A student of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University, the unnamed freedom fighter recounts how students and the people were pushed to a point of no return after the Pakistani crackdown.
The recounts are portrayed through acting and narration. All the characters are kept decidedly unnamed. Video installations, placards and music have been used to bring the ambience of that time.
The play, however, does not end with the recount of the past but a chilling question from the girl, who asks the freedom fighter, Have you got the country you fought for?
We have won you a land and a flag; it is you who will now lead the country towards its destiny, answers the wounded freedom fighter, handing a national flag to the girl.
This is where the play ends