KOKRAJHAR: The play Fasi (The Hang) staged by Lwrgi Theatre Group (LTG) of Kokrajhar at Bodofa Cultural Complex, Kokrajhar on Sunday evening enthralled the audience and received huge applause from all quarters.
The script of Fasi, written by Keshab Mashahary, an NSD pass out from Chhattisgarh, focused on the spread of the deadly corona virus across the globe. The direction and design was also done by Mashahary. He is the founder director of LTG. The play brilliantly focused on the bad impact of COVID-19 in the society, right from normal life to economy, education, superstition and politics of corruption. The bad impact of smart phone among the students after the launch of online classes was shown in an explicit manner where a student of a daily wage earner died by hanging himself as he did not have a smart phone to join the online classes.
This play was inspired by real events. A poor student had killed himself in a remote village of Chirang district under Runikhata police outpost during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The poor and meritorious student of Chirang district sought a smart phone for the online classes but his poor father could not afford to buy him one. Frustrated at his situation, the student hanged himself to death.
The play of 1 hour and 30 minutes duration was ceremonially inaugurated by BTC Executive Member of Cultural Affairs, Daobaisa Boro, in presence of former Rajya Sabha MP and founder of UBPO, Urkhao Gwra Brahma, Director of UN Academy Krishna, Gopal Basumatary, president of Dularai Boro Harimu Afad (DBHA), Jogeswar Brahma, social activists and vice-president of UBPO, Pratibha Brahma and other distinguished guests.
The director of LTG, Keshab Mashahary, while talking to this reporter, said that LTG was formed in 2008 to revive the diminishing culture of theatre in the society and to give new scope and platform to the upcoming talents. He said that the LTG had so far staged as many as 19 plays with talented young artists of remote places of BTC districts. Many of the plays had been staged in Mumbai, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tripura, West Bengal, New Delhi and in various parts of BTC region, he said adding that they were looking forward for the people's support to inspire the young artistes in this field.
The secretary of the LTG, Sanjib Kr. Brahma said that they would try to perform the play in four districts of BTR and beyond. He said that they were in need of support from the council to carry forward their creative activities. He also mentioned about the problems faced in constructing the office of the LTG near River Gaurang in Kokrajhar through donations from well-wishers and public. He added that the director of the UN Academy had provided all concrete posts of the office and assured to donate tin sheets again. However, the small office room is yet to be completed. He also said that the young artistes in the play Fasi were drawn from remote places of Tipkai, Kazigaon, Dotma, Bishmuri of Kokrajhar, Adalbari, Mushalpur of Baksa and some from interior villages of Chirang and Udalguri districts.