Dec 25, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:45 PM
Academy of Fine Arts, Maidan
Kolkata,India View map →

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Language: Bengali
Nandikar, Kolkata
Drama: Subrata Mukhopadhyay/Parthapratim Deb
Direction: Parthapratim Deb


The play looks at the life of Naachnis or nautch girls of Manbhum who might be excellent performing artists but are amongst the most marginalized sections of the society. They are women; they belong to Scheduled Castes and Tribes; they have no education or economic independence (their earnings being controlled by the male rasiks who earn by exploiting them); and are outcastes who are denied even their last rites. Bijolibala, a young girl, is sold by her mother Rasanabala, an old and poverty-stricken Naachni, to a dacoit. Bijoli is then rescued by her much married lover Pandavkumar and finds shelter in his house with Dhruvakumar, the older Rasik, and Kusmibai, his ageing Naachni and Pandava’s wife Lata. Pandav loves Bijoli but also decides to take her on as his own Naachni and this is when the problem starts. Dhruvakumar is unable to accept this new competition and new generation of Rasiks and Naachnis and this leads them all especially Kusmibai to fatal consequences…


Organiser : Nandikar Theatre

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