World Theatre Day observed in Dhaka, Ctg

Cultural Correspondent
Cultural Affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor receives a crest from former International Theatre Institute president Ramendu Majumder on Friday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

Cultural Affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor receives a crest from former International Theatre Institute president Ramendu Majumder on Friday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

The World Theatre Day 2015 was celebrated in Dhaka and Chittagong with events befitting the occasion on Friday, together with the international theatre community which held elaborate ceremonies across the world.
In Dhaka, theatre institutes including the International Theatre Institute-Bangladesh Centre, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, Bangladesh Path Natok Parishad and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy jointly observed the occasion while, in Chittagong, Theatre Institute Chattagram held a programme to mark the day.
The celebration in Dhaka began with a rally that began on the murder scene of writer-blogger Avijit Roy, near TSC, and proceeded towards Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy where it ended. It was attended by hundreds of theatre activists who expressed solidarity against the brutal murder and demanded justice.
At the academy, a discussion was held followed by a cultural show.
Among others, Nasiruddin Yousuff, president of ITI-Bangladesh Centre, theatre personality Ataur Rahman, Mannan Hira, president of Bangladesh Path Natok Parishad, Golam Kuddus, president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Minu Haque, president of Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association, and others gave speeches at the discussion session.
Ramendu Majumder, former president of ITI, was present as the chief guest while Liaqaut Ali Lucky, director general of BSA, presided over the session. This year’s World Theatre Day Message, given by Polish director and theatre activist Krzysztof Warlikowski, was read out at the onset of the session.
Veteran thespian Ferdousi Majumder gave the World Theatre Day lecture, in which she reminisced about her involvement in theatre despite being born to, and raised in, a conservative Muslim family. Majumder’s anecdotes of her family life were both humorous and illuminating.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, also a longtime theatre and television actor, was conferred with the World Theatre Day award at the programme. After receiving the award, Noor expressed gratitude to the organisers and said, ‘I am first and foremost a theatre activist. My golden days have been invested in theatre. This award is an acknowledgement of that.’
At the cultural show following the discussion, members of Lalon Charcha O Gobeshona Kendra from Kushtia, using traditional instruments, presented several popular Lalon numbers including Ami Opar Hoye Bose Achhi, Jekhane Sai-er Baramkhana, Manush Bhajle Sonar Manush Hobi, Robena E Dhon and Milon Hobe Koto Dine.
Meanwhile, in Chittagong, Theatre Institute Chattagram with different cultural organisations and theatre troupes celebrated the day with music and dance. The programmed ended with a show of Shobdo Natya Charchakendra’s play Biranganar Boyan at the Lecture Theatre Hall of TIC.

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