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Assamese version of Macbeth staged

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 1 - Assamese rendering of William Shakespeare�s immortal tragedy Macbeth was staged at the Madhabdev auditorium of Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra before a distinguished audience recently.

Lighting the ceremonial lamp on the occasion, eminent actor and film director Abdul Mazid said that right from the later part of the 19th century, several generations of Assamese dramatists had been successfully rendering into Assamese most of the immortal plays of Shakespeare and many of them had been staged successfully in the last few decades.

In his inaugural speech, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said that through his 37 dramas � both tragedies and comedies with eternal social values � Shakespeare had taught mankind about human frailties and brought the message of unity of mankind and commonness of human destiny. He also spoke about the profound knowledge of Shakespeare about the aspirations, frailties and prejudices of different sections of the human society and different racial groups.

Darshan Bhatta in the role of Macbeth, Nitish Konwar as Banquo, Manoj Talukdar as Macduff and Dhanjit Sarma in the dual role of King Duncan and Siward won appreciation of the audience. Neelakshi Deka in the role of Lady Macbeth was able to demonstrate with conviction the obsessive urge of an overambitious woman resulting in doom for an entire family and a state.

Most of the actors including John Ali in the role of Malcolm, Sonit Bhaskar as Ross, Gautam Deka as messenger and doctor, and Rashmita Dutta Baruah, Dolly Chakravarty and Preeti Baishya as three witches, and Ashamoni Adhyapak in the role of the maid gave powerful performances.

Director Deepmoni Das also addressed the gathering.

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