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Rupban|| A ballad of Bengali Oedipus

Rupban| A ballad of Bengali Oedipus |Leeds University Summer Festival

Leeds University, University of Leeds,Woodhouse,LS2 9JT

Monday 3 July at 7.30pm


A rare and exotic presentation of Bengali ancient village theatre incorporating myths, fairy-tales, folk music and dazzling dance as part of Leeds University Summer Festival and Leeds University International Concert Series.


This is a re-adaptation and a new take on Bengali Jatra Pala/Opera /Rural Theatre by poet T M Ahmed Kaysher that merges captivating myths, fairy-tales, visceral folk music and dazzling dance in a stunning theatrical setting. This ancient Bengali opera tells the story of Rahim, a young boy, who is destined to be married to an older girl in order to avoid a fatal curse.

Inspired by the Greek story of Oedipus this gripping Bengali folk ballad explores the conflict between free-will and fatalism, combining traditional Western storytelling with the captivating melodies of Bengali folk music. A performance guaranteed to transport you to a rural village of Bengal, to lie beneath its traditional storytelling spot; a Banyan tree draped in hundreds of lanterns.

Directed and performed by Ahmed Kaysher, this Pala features acclaimed dancers and actors Sonia Sultana and Sohel Ahmed; poet Sarwar E Alam, Dr Jeet Ganguly, singer Jessy Barua, singer and keyboardist Amith Dey, Dhol player Fahim with a brief introduction by poet and fictionist Shree Ganguly.



Rupban| A ballad of Bengali Oedipus |Leeds University Summer Festival Tickets, Mon 3 Jul 2023 at 19:30 | Eventbrite




Venue: From Jul 3, 2023 to Jul 3, 2023 in University of Leeds


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