SHILLONG, Nov 29 - A Meghalaya troupe along with seven troupes from the North East participated in the 1st International Indigenous Theatre Festival Dhaka 2015. The festival was organised by Sampreeti Natyautsab Parishad, Bangladesh in which two theatres were staged every day. The Meghalaya troupe performed on November 21 at Shilpa Kala Academy auditorium, a press release here said.
The theatre was produced by Tyngkai Cultural Welfare Organisation in collaboration with Riti Academy of Visual Arts. The story was written and directed by Raphael Warjri, while Genevieve Khongjee produced and co-directed the play entitled �Bind at Heart�. The original story was written by Sameer Sohliya and the theatre is based on a true incident that took place in 2002 at Pyrdiwah village bordering Bangladesh.
The playwright, Raphael Warjri stated, �Even as the story is about the political dilemma that led to conflict situation among the two neighbouring countries, the plot of the story was emphasised on the fictional character that resisted the attempt to displace him from his original birthplace.� The story is about the brotherhood of man, about peaceful co-existence among diverse communities and the mutual respect for each other�s cultural tradition. The political reality is being presented at the backdrop of the essence of humanity.
On the sidelines of the performances, Genevieve Khongjee also presented Khasi folk songs and Rabindra Sangeet before the audience. Subsequently, on November 23, the Meghalaya troupe performed at Mymensing.