To commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Payer Awaj Pawa Jaye” – a landmark play in Bangladesh's theatre-- a special staging of the play will be held today at 6:30pm, at Dr. Nilima Ibrahim auditorium of Mohila Samiti. Written by Syed Shamsul Haq and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun, the play had its first staging at the same premises forty years ago. The vastly popular production completed its first 50 shows within the first year.
The play was shelved for about 10 years in the meantime, and was brought back to the stage under the direction of Sudip Chakraborthy.
One of the most prominent cultural figures of the country, Ferdausi Majumdar, has been a part of all 173 stagings of the play by the troupe Theatre. Over the years, big names of Bangladeshi theatre have acted in the play, including Abdullah Al Mamun, Mohammad Zakaria, Tariq Anam Khan, Mita Chowdhury, Tarana Halim, Khairul Alam Sobuj, Golam Rabbani, Jhuna Chowdhury, Afroza Banu, Tabibul Islam Babu, Shirin Bokul and Tauquir Ahmed. Keramat Mowla, who acted in the play's premiere, will be back for the special show today.
Since its first staging, the play has widely met with critical acclaim. It has been hailed as one of the most crucial cultural tropes of Independence Day by Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar. The play was the first Bangladeshi script to be enacted on stage around the world outside of India, including a staging in Seoul, South Korea on March 20, 1981.