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9 December, 2017 01:12:13 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 9 December, 2017 09:53:29 AM

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Kanthoshilan to stage ‘Mohioshi Rokeya’ today

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Kanthoshilan to stage ‘Mohioshi Rokeya’ today

Marking the ‘Rokeya Day’ today, popular recitation troupe Kanthoshilan will stage its new production titled ‘Mohioshi Rokeya’ based on Begum Rokeya's life and works at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Segun Bagicha in the capital. Every year to commemorate her works and legacy, Bangladesh observe December 9 as ‘Rokeya Day’.

The recital contains excerpts from a number of books on women's empowerment penned by Begum Rokeya including Oborodhbashini, Motichur, Sultana'r Shopno, Chithi Patra, Paddaraag etc. Golam Sarwar, Kanthoshilon's instructor has written and directed ‘Mohioshi Rokeya’.Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, commonly known as Begum Rokeya, was a Bengali writer, thinker, educationist, social activist, and advocate of women's rights. Born on December 9 in 1880 in  Mithapukur, Rangpur, Begum Rokeya died in 1932 on the same date December 9.

The cast of the play includes Hasina Hasi, Ila Rahman, Khairun Nahar Snigdha, Raziya Sultana Mukta, Miftahul Jannat Nipun, Shirin Sultana Mithila and others.

Before staging the play ‘Mohioshi Rokeya’, eminenet theatre artiste Lucky Inam will discuss about life and works of Begum Rokeya.

 Considered the pioneer feminist of Bengal she wrote novels, poems, short stories, science fiction, satires, treatises, and essays. Her major works include ‘Abarodhbasini’ a spirited attack on the extreme forms of purdah that endangered women's lives and thoughts; ‘Sultana's Dream’ a science fiction novella set in a place called Lady Land, a world ruled by women; ‘Padmarag’ (‘Essence of the Lotus’, 1924), another feminist utopian novel; ‘Motichur’, collection of essays in two volumes.

In 1916, she founded the Muslim Women’s Association, an organization that fought for women’s education and employment. In 1926, Rokeya presided over the Bengal Women’s Education Conference convened in Kolkata, the first significant attempt to bring women together in support of women’s education rights. She was engaged in debates and conferences regarding the advancement of women until her death on 9 December 1932, shortly after presiding over a session during the Indian Women’s Conference.

 

 

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