Nati Binodini by Smarannik
- The Statesman
The play revolves around the life of the famous South Asian actress, Binodini Dasi (1862 - 1941), also known as Nati Binodini, who was born to prostitution, started her career as a courtesan and at twelve played her first serious drama role. Later she started performing in Calcutta's National Theatre, under the mentorship of its founder, Girish Chandra Ghosh. As the play moves forward introducing several acquaintances of Binodini, it slowly takes a steep turn and brings into light the sacrifice, pain, betrayal, and misfortune of the famous actress. Although she was referred to as the 'Flower of the Native Stage' and 'Moon of the Star Theatre', the drama brings in the truth of Binodini's life and shows how the mentally devastated actress left the stage at the age of 25. Blessed by the saint, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Binodini tried to attain the wisdom and peace, which finally gives the play a new perception.
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