“Amar jomi, amar dhan; tukra khanao dibam nay” -- the call of the Santal people were voiced by the performers of Nagarnat in Sylhet, through an interactive street play “Bhumi Putra” staged in front of Sylhet Central Shaheed Minar on Wednesday.
The 15-minute mime drama with music revolved around the attack on the Santal village that manifested in burning of homes and killing of men. The play ended with the revolt of the Santals against human rights violations in the name of development.
Ujjal Chakrabharty enacted the character of Shidhu, a Santal who stood with his men to protect their land, their lives while other performers and musicians played key roles in the play.
About the play, Arup Baul, president of Nagarnat and leading member of the musical team of the play said, “We must remember the golden days of the Santals when they stood up in a revolution against the British rulers to protect their lands and lives”.
Nagarnat is a theatre and musical troupe of Sylhet working on and off the stage for years; they have often raised their voice against attacks on human rights through their drama and music.