Language: Manipuri (Synopsis in Bengali and English shall be provided)
Drama: Rabindranath Tagore
Direction: Heisnam Tomba
Synopsis: Based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore, the play is weaved into a performance that raises poignant questions. A man purchases a Persian slave girl and gifts her against her will to the Badshah. The girl laments hysterically like a crazed woman. Does her lament signify personal disappointment or the yearnings of the entire female race? Mehar Ali keeps shouting, “These are false… Keep away”. What does his shouting signify? The central stone statues come alive at night, transforming themselves into enchantresses who overpower the men unwittingly venturing there. Whose perspective is this? A man’s or a woman’s? How should the lamentations of the stone statues be interpreted? Do they thirst for male company? Or they want to be freed from the bondage of the enchantresses?
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