With English narration, powerful dialogue, dazzling dance and intriguing melody and rhythm of Bengali folk music, the story of this popular Bengali opera depicts a philosophical journey of self-exploration, spiritual love and victimisation of patriarchy in a stunning theatrical setting.
Directed, scripted and performed by poet Ahmed Kaysher, the story of self-exploration revolves around a beautiful princess called Mohua who fatally stolen by a snake charmer at her childhood and then, had been fostered as a snake dancer under the snake charmer’s family. Mohua, through this journey, met the son of a local feudal lord Nadyar Chand and fell in love with him. Then, the social norms, custom of casts and classes came as the major hindrance. Based on pre-medieval Bengal, the play, then highlights Mohua’s struggle to win the obstacles after obstacles, her self-realisation and the mystic search for her spiritual love.
Through the unique story-telling, Mohua became a powerful allegory of the reflection of women even in modern world, prisoned under ruthless patriarchy and then, their fight for freedom.