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.

Based on pre-medieval Bengal, 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. 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.


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