translated by Bina Biswas and Sayantan Gupta
Based on the life of Araj Ali Matubbar, a self-taught native philosopher. The play begins with the Sutradhar (Narrator) introducing Araj to the audience as one who, full of questions, always looks for reasons rather than comfort or consolation in the blind alleys of faith. Most of the villagers around him, with their absolute faith in the Shariat and their incomprehension of Araj’s questions about things big and small, do not often know how to respond to his musings. The play addresses issues of intolerance and resistance across time and space, abounds in scenes and speeches rich in wit and humor.