Theatre troupe Prangonemor’s biennial theatre festival titled ‘Dui Banglar Natyautsab’ commenced with the staging of Brain by Kolkata-based theatre troupe Sangsrity at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival. Indian high commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky were also present at the inaugural programme.
Brain, written and directed by Debesh Chattopadhyay, depicts complicacy in human behaviours. The chamber drama also focuses on issues like theatre, acting, neuroscience, marriage and betrayal.
Popular Kolkata actors Sujan Mukhopadhyay, Debesh Chattopadhyay and Bidipta Chakrabarty acted in the play which was enjoyed by a large audience.
For nine days five local and four Indian troupes will stage plays at the event.
On Saturday, the host troupe Prangonemor staged its recent play Ami O Rabindranath.
Today Delhi-based Green Room Theatre will stage its play Osukh at the event.
Starting from this year Prangonemor has introduced an award named after the late thespian Khaled Khan which will be presented to a troupe on the concluding day of the festival, which ends on March 19.
Three local troupes - BotTola, Nagarik Natyangan and Jessore-based Bibartan - have been shortlisted for the award for their productions Crutcher Colonel, Gohor Badsha O Banechha Pori and Maatbring respectively.
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