Smiling Nabobs

The tears in Bengal and the smiling British nabobs

A play for December 2021

The year 2021 is something very important and significant for Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi Diaspora and British Bangladeshis. It is the fiftieth year of the independence and creation of Bangladesh.

Most people of Bangladeshi origin in the UK and elsewhere for anniversary remembrance will focus on events and activities that unfolded during the nine-months liberation war.

Brick Lane Circle is planning to utilise the medium of drama to bring to life the story of how Bengal lost its independence to the British in 1757, more than a quarter millennia ago, including pre-Battle of Plassey in 1757 dynamics, the conquest and what unfolded during the next quarter-century.

The theatrical piece hopes to examine, based on facts and the fresh analysis and combination of evidence, the forces unleashed by the new British masters that lead to a series of tragedies in the conquered land, including the Great Bengal Famine of 1769-71, while wealth drain from there created a new class of nouveau rich in Britain who became known as nabobs. How these nabobs were perceived and treated by the British public will also form part of the story.

Any comments and feedback on the proposed project will be appreciated. Please email your response to