‘Jetuki O Jetuki’ : A Musical Play by Prabin Saikia

The lovers of Assamese folk culture witnessed a musical play titled ‘Jetuki O Jetuki’, written and directed by Prabin Saikia, staged recently at the Sri Sri Madhavdev International Auditorium in Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati. The play was presented by Panchasur, a folk research institute founded by Prabin Saikia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of India.

The play was based on a popular Assamese song by Rudra Barua that is based on a biya naam (wedding song), featuring indigenous folk songs and dances, against the backdrop of typical rural lives, with their hopes and aspirations, sorrows and disappointments. The storytelling – with narative, dialogues and songs, was am innovative creation which captured the hearts of the viewers. The biya naam by the female characters and the lively Bihu performance by the youths enhanced the beauty of the play. A part of the ankia naat – Ram Bijoy, brilliantly choreographed by Nrityacharyya Jatin Goswami, was included in the play.

The versatile Chetana Das in the title role of Jetuki won the hearts of the audience with her brilliant portrayal, followed by the promising Manisha Ragini, who also drew everyone’s attention as a village woman. The artistes who did justice to their respective roles were Jitu Gohain, Monoranjan Sarma, Gautam Gogoi, Abhijit Sangmai, Hirakjyoti Barua, Uttam Bhattacharya, Anil Sangma, Sunil Sangma, Pratiksha Borgohain, Niyor Saikia, Rupashree Phukan, Bidisha Barman, Pallavi Bhuyan, Jyotismita Koch, Prachita, and a few others. Music and songs scored by co-producer and singer Rashmirekha Saikia played a major role, as she deftly synchronised traditional biya naam, Borgeet and other folk music.

It needs mention that director Prabin Saikia, himself a reputed folk artiste, has been relentlessly serving for the cause of propagation, preservation and popularisation of Assamese folk culture through music, dance and drama, particularly drawing the attention of the new generation. His earlier presentations – Lora Dhemali, a play based on Assamese Lora Dhemalir geet and Dikhow gorat roi, based on Bihunaam won rave reviews.

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