Two plays based on the war of independence as well as an Indian drama will be staged today at three venues of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, as part of the ongoing Ganga-Jamuna Theatre and Cultural Festival.
Indian troupe Alternative Living Theatre will stage Bishadkal at the National Theatre Hall, Theatre Art Unit will stage Samayer Proyojone at the Experimental Theatre Hall and Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble will stage Tora Sab Joyodhwani Kar at the Studio Theatre Hall.
Monday marks the fourth day of the 10-day festival, organised by Ganga-Jamuna Natyautsab Parshad, which will feature 30 plays by 30 troupes from Bangladesh and India as well as open-air performances by 53 organisations.
Bishadkal, directed by Probir Guha, features a conflict between the king of Tripura and a priest that ensues after the former orders him not to sacrifice animals in front of a temple to satisfy the Hindu goddess Kali.
Samayer Proyojoney, directed by M Bari, is based on Zahir Raihan’s short story of the same title.
Set in a camp of freedom fighters during the war of independence in 1971, the play explores the reasons that motivated the fighters to join the war.
The writer of the short story goes through a diary of the camp commander, which contains personal accounts of different freedom fighters.
Reading the diary he comes to the conclusion that people joined the war as it was the demand of the time.
Syed Shamsul Haq’s play Tora Sab Jayadhwani Kar, directed by Ataur Rahman, shows how an ordinary man acts like a rebel being tortured by the Pakistani army at a concentration camp in 1971.
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