A nine-day theatre festival organised by theatre troupe Prangonemor is underway at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
On Monday Nagarik Natyangan staged its production Gohor Badsha O Banechha Pori at the event.
Directed by Hridi Huq, the play is based on a folktale involving king Gohor and fairy Banechha.
The play follows how a determined king Gohor, who is living under a curse due to one of his father’s misdeeds, fights against all odds to win his love Banechha Pori.
Gohor Badsha O Banechha Pori is one of the three plays shortlisted for Khaled Khan Award introduced by Prangonemor this year.
Two other shortlisted plays are Crutcher Colonel by BotTola and Maatbring by Jessore-based troupe Bibartan. However, BotTola and Bibartan are not participating at the festival.
The Khaled Khan Award will be given to a troupe on the concluding day of the festival on March 18.
Loko Natyadal will stage its famous satirical play Konjush at the event. An adaptation of French playwright Molière’s classic comedy The Miser, the production has been directed by Liaquat Ali Lucky.
The play revolves around a miser named Haider Ali Khan from the old Dhaka and uses Dhakaiya dialects to a hilarious effect.
Till date two local and two Indian troupes have staged plays at the event titled ‘Dui Banglar Natya Utsab’. Five local and four Indian troupes are participating at the festival.
Indian troupe Sangsrity’s Brain was the curtain raiser of the festival, which commenced on Friday. Prangonemor staged Ami O Rabindranath on Saturday, while Delhi-based Green Room Theatre staged Asukh on Sunday.
In the next four days, local troupes Theatre Art Unit, Subachan Natya Sangsad and Indian troupes Niva Arts and Kalyani Natyacharcha Kendra will stage plays at the festival.
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