Sajhbelar Bilap staged at Asia Pacific Theatre Fest

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:53, Oct 24,2016

Sajhbelar Bilap

Dhaka University theatre department students perform in Sajhbelar Bilap.

The theatre and performance studies department of Dhaka University staged its production Sajhbelar Bilap on the opening day of the 9th Asia Pacific Bureau of Theatre Schools Meet Festival on October 19 in New Delhi, India.

Directed by Israfil Shaheen, the play is based on French playwright Jean Racine’s Phaedra. Translated into Bangla by Asit Kumar, it revolves around the story of Queen Phaedra of the Greek mythology.

The play shows how Phaedra, the queen of Athens, is consumed with love for her step-son Hippolytus. The unlawful love, however, draws the wrath of Venus, who curses them, and they end up meeting tragic consequences.

‘We blended the traditional narrative techniques with ethnic styles, costumes and live music in the production,’ said Israfil Shaheen, also a professor at the department.

‘The play was acclaimed by artistes, directors and the audience at the festival,’ he added.

Besides the show, a workshop titled ‘Ethnographic Sensibility for Acting’ was conducted by Dhaka University teachers at the festival. Among them were Sydur Rahman Lipon, Shahman Moishan, Amit Chowdhury, Asiq Rahman Leeon, and Kazi Tamanna Haque Sigm.

Also, Shahman Moishan, an assistant professor at the theatre and performance studies, presented two papers at seminars on October 22 and 23.

India’s National School of Drama has organised the weeklong festival in which over 30 theatre schools and departments from Asia Pacific countries like Bangladesh, Singapore, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Iran, Malaysia and Indonesia participated.

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