Ganga-Jamuna theatre and cultural festival: 3 local plays to be staged today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:32, Oct 24,2016 | Updated: 11:19, Oct 25,2016

Payer Awaj Pawa Jay

A still from Payer Awaz Pawa Jay.

Three Bangladeshi troupes will stage their plays today at three different halls of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of the ongoing Ganga-Jamuna Theatre and Cultural Festival.

Theatre (Bailey Road) will stage Payer Awaj Pawa Jay at the National Theatre Hall, Drishtipat Natya Sangsad will stage Koyla Ronger Chador at the Experimental Theatre Hall, and Cox’s Bazar Theatre will stage Two Idiots at the Studio Theatre Hall.

Tuesday marks the fifth day of the 10-day festival, organised by Ganga-Jamuna Natyautsab Parshad, which will feature a total of 30 plays by 30 troupes from Bangladesh and India as well as open-air performances by 53 organisations.

Payer Awaj Pawa Jay, a verse drama by Syed Shamsul Haq, portrays the sufferings of the common people during the 1971 war of liberation through the character of a rural woman, whose father is approached by a Pakistani army officer with a proposal to marry her daughter.

Through the lengthy, intense and emotional dialogues between the unnamed girl and his father, Matbar, emerge heartbreaking pictures of torture and sufferings endured by the common people. The play also shows social norms, superstitions and misuse of religion in the rural society.

The production had its debut in 1976 and at that time it was directed by late thespian Abdullah Al Mamun. It was later redesigned and directed by Sudip Chakroborthy.

Koyla Ronger Chador, written and directed by SM Hasan, is built on the premise that every person has to go through some unpleasant experiences in life which they try to keep under wraps.

Cox’s Bazar Theatre’s Two Idiots, written and directed by Chandan Sen, is a satire that exposes the underbelly of urban materialistic life through the conversations between two frustrated individuals.

They talk of an imaginary island called Titir Dwip, where there is no discrimination and people share each other’s pain and happiness living in the midst of nature.

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