Wings Theatre to stage ‘Bano’ in Guwahati

Kismat Bano with fellow artistes Ashfaque Khan and Avkash Kumar Jammar takes a break during the rehearsals of Bano
Kismat Bano with fellow artistes Ashfaque Khan and Avkash Kumar Jammar takes a break during the rehearsals of Bano

Wings Theatre, Guwahati in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is staging the play ‘Bano’ at Rabindra Bhawan in the city on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The play is the brainchild of city’s budding theatre star Kismat Bano, who was recently honoured with the ‘Star of the North East’ award for her outstanding achievements in the field of theatre across the states of the country.

In an informal chat with the media on Monday, Bano said, “After ‘Helen’, this is my second play as a director and playwright. I had the opportunity to read and watch some of the plays of Shakespeare and was inspired by his legendary dialogue “Among my three daughters who loves me the most?” from the play ‘King Lear’ and somewhere I relate the dialogue with my own personal life.” Bano says that it is for this reason that she tried to put the dialogue to the subject with what she is familiar with and as a director, she wanted to explore a new and unique aspect of life through her new play. It is this creativity and imagination that made her pen down the story of Bano based on Shakespeare’s famous play ‘King Lear’.

Kismat Bano, at a very young age, has already acted in over 15 plays in different languages, including Assamese and Hindi and these plays have been staged in many major cities of the country. To mention some of these plays: Aakaas, Madyhyabartini, Jatra, The lesson, Komala kuwaori, Helen, and Puhor. She has participated in different top drama events and festivals such as Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Nandikar, EZCC, Sangeet Natak Academy, Prithvi, Nehru Centre, PDA festivals, Kalakshetra Chennai, Octave festival (Goa and Rajasthan) and at Qadir Ali Baig theatre festival etc.

She is a graduate, but soon after completing her higher secondary education, she joined Seagull Theatre in Guwahati under the patronage of Bhagirathi and Baharul Islam. After undergoing many workshops and trainings in creative arts, Kismat participated in the 2nd National Children’s Theatre Festival in 2013 organised by Guwahati Sishu Natya Vidyalaya.

Kismat Bano established her own theatre troupe Wings Theatre (cultural group) in Guwahati at her own residence. The main activities of Wings are using theatre in Education to Children, working for spastic girls in association with Sishu Sarothi, India, conducting theatre performance oriented workshops for orphan and indigenous girls in rural areas, and working with the blind children of Guwahati in promoting theatre among them.

Bano did her graduation from Handique Girls College Guwahati. Dr Srutimala Duarah, who taught her English there says, “Besides being a good theatre artiste, what endears Kismat to all is her zest for life and her keen desire to spend time with the differently-abled children training them in the art of theatre.”

Gargee Dutta, Sana Bano, Rikita Singhi, Ashfaque Khan, Raj Dutta, Avkash Kumar Jammar, Rupjyoti Deka, Somnath Monojjal, and Chiranjeev Koch are some of the other artistes who will share the stage with Kismat Bano in the play to be staged on Saturday. Entry to the play is free.