The nine-day theatre festival organised by Prangonemor ended on Saturday with the staging of Syed Shamsul Haq’s famous play Nuruldiner Sara Jiban by an Indian troupe Kalyani Natyacharcha Kendra at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The troupe staged the play for the first time in Bangladesh, which was enjoyed by a houseful audience.
The closing ceremony also featured handing over of newly introduced Prangonemor Jubaraj Khaled Khan Padak, which went to Jessore-based troupe Bibartan for its production Maatbring.
Thespian Mamunur Rashid and Khaled Khan’s widow Mita Haque handed over the award crest to Bibartan chief Sanwar Alam Khan Dulu.
BatTala and Aranyak Natyadal also received special crests for their productions Crutcher Colonel and The Jublee Hotel, respectively.
The nine-day festival titled ‘Dui Banglar Natya Utsab’ featured staging of nine plays by five local and four Indian troupes.
Nuruldiner Sara Jiban depicts the courage and sacrifice of Nuruldin, a peasant from Rangpur who led a rebellion against the British lord.
Kishore Sengupta, who directed Nuruldiner Sara Jiban, presented the famous lyrical drama through dance and music.
Over twenty artistes of Kalyani Natyacharcha Kendra moved the audience with their acting in the play.
The simple set with a glowing moon overhead gave the impression of an open field in moonlit night where Nuruldin and his companions plan and fight for freedom.
Dipankar Das played Nuruldin while Aniruddha Biswas, Swapan Pal, Madhulekha Dutta, Anupam Chakraborti, Uttam Ghosh, Atanu Sarkar and Suparna Maitra Das played different characters in the play.
The nine-day festival began on March 10 with the staging of Brain by Indian troupe Sangsrity. Other plays staged at the festival were Prangonemor’s Ami O Rabindranath, Loko Natyadal’s Konjush, Theatre Art Unit’s Marshakam, Nagarik Natyangan’s Gohor Badsha O Banechha Pori, Subachan Natya Sangsad’s Pranay Januma, Niva Arts’ Ora Aat Jan and Green Room Theatre’s Osukh.
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