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W&J Arts Series: Nandanik Dance Troupe – “Card Country”
October 10, 2021
In celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Nandanik Dance Troupe presents “Card Country,” one of his most entertaining dance dramas based on the play “Tasher Desh.”
A prince and his friend find themselves on a strange island after they are shipwrecked. The inhabitants of this land, various playing cards, have strange manners: they follow a set of rules, are disciplined in a strict system, and are extremely cautious about maintaining their culture. The lack of freedom of expression drives the prince to bring about changes in the lives of the enslaved cards. Will he succeed?
William Radice, who translated “Tasher Desh” from Bengali to English, says “Card Country upbraids those who live a blinkered existence and urges the world to openly nurture a joyous, youthful and imaginative life.