Laying bare the curse of illiteracy
Sunday, April 12, 2009
'Maya Bondor' a play depicting the illiteracy of the shoal denizens of the country, was staged on Friday evening at Dinajpur Nattya Shamiti Auditorium.
The play, which enthralled the audience, is written by Zulfikar Ronju and directed by Tafiquzzaman Tareque. Staged by Dinajpur Natya Samiti at its auditorium, the play portrays the struggles of the shoal inhabitants, especially women. The central figure of the play is Mayna, who goes insane after she is tortured and raped. Treated by an 'Ojha' for her mental illness, the village doctor helps her to recover from her illness.
The play captures the travails of many an illiterate married woman who faces oppression from a demanding husband, mother-in-law or sister-in-law. Driven to an extreme, Mayna finally opts for a divorce, breaking down many social mores in the process. She gathers the courage to live with dignity on her own, worried only about the future of her son.