Playwright : Pankaj Jyoti Bhuyan
Director : Krishna Bhuyan
Group : Rangabhumi
Language : Assamese
Duration : 70 Mins.
Panchawati, a boat that sails in the heart of river Dirang, isn’t just a boat. It is the source of strength for a crew of young men, and a symbol of determination and prestige for the village. By winning every annual traditional rowing event held in ten neighbouring villages, Panchawati has always stood out as a figure of protest. But, this is troubling the region’s MLA, and she is utilizing every deceitful trick she has up her sleeve to defeat Panchawati. She has tried her best to break the team down. On the other hand, five courageous women reorganize the crew and the event, as a resistance towards the MLA’s political ambitions. They provide shelter and shade to oppressed people, just like the five ancient trees called Panchawati. This is the story of victory of women power.
Panchawati is a fictional social drama. The play mainly attempts to show the power of women as a means of fighting against an evil force. The play is presented with special emphasis on Assamese folk music and dance. The play attempts to present the diversity of culture with the color of lights. The play makes extensive use of symbolism in its presentation and characterization. The play shows the courage and inspiration of five women. In their inspiration, the victory of a culture and the defeat of a bad culture are at the heart of the play. The play is an attempt to symbolically portray one of the folk cultures of Assam, boating.
Well known actor and director, Krishna Bhuyan has been working in different fields of theatre in Assam. He has played major roles in famous plays such as Andhayug, Kukurnesia Manuh, Tomak Valpaw, Janmantar etc., and in about thirty plays and TV serials in Assam. He has also directed Kangsha, Siyali Palegoi Ratanpur, Moi Tuniya Tun Tunalo, Lavita, Akashor Nodi etc. He directed Andarat Sihatar Mukhabor that participated in Jashne Bachpan 2012 organized by National School of Drama. He was awarded the best actor and director awards in State Level Competition of Assam and National Theatre Competition held in Orissa. In the 10th “Purrvottar Natya Samaroh, by National School of Drama, New Delhi 2018, the play Dhaniramar Theatre was directed by him, staged in Arunachal Pradesh. ‘Panchawati’, the play directed by him had been selected for Pragjyotish Theatre Festival 2020 by National School of Drama.
Established in 2012 the organization Rangabhumi is relentlessly working for the all-round development of the village children, as they are not lucky enough to get support for their extracurricular activities. The group has done a tremendous job by making this organization work throughout the state. It is producing many talents in the field of culture and sports, and also organizing theatre workshops, recitations, quizzes and music competitions. Rangabhumi has staged many children’s plays including Jokar, Xaxagot, Xiylirxadin, Anivobi Monbur, Bakhor. Dhaniramar Theatre, Panchawati, Andharot Hihotor Mukhbur which have been selected for National and International Theatre Festivals by National School of Drama. A good number of talent from Rangabhumi is now successfully working in different socio- cultural and sports arena in various parts of Assam.