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In the mid 16th century, classical East Bengal context – after being betrayed by her fiancé – the young female writer Chandrabati exiles herself inside a Shiva Temple and resorts to re-write the great Indian epic `Ramayana’, rebelliously establishing ignored point of view of Sita- diminishing the iconic hero of the epic Rama.
After the betrayal of her fiancé Jayananda, the young poet Chandrabati informs her father that she will never marry again and instead, will start rewriting the Great Epic `Ramayana’ which, as she reminds him, he inspired her to do earlier. She requests her father to build her a Shiva Temple, where she would live in and continue her writings from. Set in mid-sixteenth century Eastern Bengal, `Chandrabati Kotha’ (Tales of Chandrabati) explores the elegiac life and passion of the first feminist poet of Bengali Literature – Chandrabati.
Chandrabati was a medieval Bengali poet, widely considered as the first woman poet of Bengali language. She is best known for her women-centered epic Ramayana. Chandrabati was born to Dij-Banshidas Bhattacharya, 1550 CE in the village of Patuyari, on the banks of the Fulesshori river in Kishoreganj which is currently located in Dhaka division of Bangladesh. Bansidas was a composer of Manasa’s ballads known as Manasar Bhasaner Gan (Manasha Mangal).
[Based on the East Bengal (Mymensingh) Ballads of the 16th Century]
DIRECTOR’S CREATIVE STATEMENT
Official Trailer of Chandrabati Kotha
The makers of Chandrabati Kotha
– the East Bengal (Mymensingh) Ballads of the 16th Century