“Love, how simple or how complex can it get.. is it just magic or a chance encounter? Mayar Khela, the musical drama by Nobel Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore took an unconventional way to see this. This story essentially feminine in nature made for the ladies college conceptualised in 1880’s deals with 2 female protagonists and one male. Tagore explains, it’s all the maze of illusion that surrounds us, in our world. The world we see is a mere series of coincidences knotted together by time. For this, love is requited, enchantments comes with follies while moments of depart becomes charming. Gurudev creates an unusual atmosphere of ecstasy; with the dream maidens tell the story in chorus. They spin illusions in the mind of the protagonists.
Pramada sees love as an art, as pleasurable. While Shanta stands for sacrifice. Amar faces monotony with Shanta, and seeks at the outer world wondering what more was in store for him other than Shanta. Pramada rejects Amar, when Amar falls in love with her later..
Slowly, yet gradually Amar gets back to Shanta, and what happens is the mastery of Tagores’ skill. The inevitable happens, Pramada seeks Amar, and the story takes an emotional plunge.
The Maidens remain the narrators , they sing..they seek love for happiness but happiness eludes them…”
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It was staged on 24 August 2011, at Kalamandir. The presenters were from Biswa Bharati university- Sangeet Bhawan. The program was conducted by Dakshinee. It was my privilege being there, withnessing it. I have not witnessed better than this ever before.
Thank you, Dipanjan Paul for your briefing.
Photograph: Anirban Saha Photography.
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