Alakanandar Putro Kanya

Alakanandar Putro Kanya
Written and directed by Manoj Mitra

Alokanandar Putrakanya

Synopsis:

Alokanandar Putrakanya

An in-your-face play on our lives and dreams

Like befuddled birds in a storm are we, all seeking security and assurance of fulfilment. At the centre of this play is Alokananda, like a tree, fruitless and well past her prime. But under her cool shade people continue to take shelter - Aloka's crippled husband Rajaninath, the frivolous, single mother Debahuti and street urchin Lala. Even her brother Badal comes to her seeking consolation after a lost cricket match, which according to him, is a "sure sign that nothing noble can happen in this country again.

Perhaps Aloka herself seeks assurance from her adopted children, Shuvo and Manashi. But how safe are they in a malicious world that functions through ragging and where ragging is entertainment? Shuvo returns like a hunted foal a dubious college mate at his heels. And Manashi's letter brings news of her torture at the hands of her husband and in-laws. Can Aloka's children surface the tide or will they drown? In a society where it's routine to wish prosperity to one's family and children, Aloka's world is in danger.

But as Aloka remarks it is the darkness within that lingers even as dawn breaks without. So Aloka continues to string her garland with torn flowers, decorating her Keya-leaf boat again and again.