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Swapnadal stages Helen Keller on women’s day

Theatre troupe Swapnadal staged its monodrama Helen Keller on Thursday at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy marking the International Women’s Day.

The troupe also honoured playwright Sadhona Ahmed with International Women’s Day Honourary Award and honoured women activists of the troupe prior to the show of the play.

Sadhona Ahmed received the award for her contribution to the theatre scene of the country. Sadhona Ahmed has written acclaimed plays like Maatbring, Bratya Ami Mantrahin, Damer Mother, Phagun Sheshe and others.

Thespian Lucky Enam and playwright Masum Reza handed over the award to the recipient.

‘I feel deeply honoured to receive an award. It is really humbling to receive an award named International Women’s Day award’, said Sadhona Ahmed after receiving the award.

‘We have been organising International Women’s Day observation programme and presenting the award marking the day since 2012’, informed Swapnadal chief Zahid Repon.

In previous years, thespians Ferdousi Majumder, Shimul Yousuf, Lucky Enam, Nuna Afroz and Irin Parvin Lopa have received the award.

Following the awards programme Swapnadal staged the 15th show of its monodrama Helen Keller, which depicts the life and works of late American author-activist Helen Keller.

The play, written by Apurba Kumar Kundu and directed by Zahid Repon, revolves around struggles and achievements of Helen Keller, who was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The play also shows Keller as a women and human rights activist, influenced by Rabindranath Tagore, Charlie Chaplin, Mark Twain, Kennedy, Einstein’s philosophy, who spoke of women’s empowerment, protested at racism and other issues.

Juyena Shabnam acted as Helen Keller in the play.