Ganga-Jamuna theatre and cultural festival: An Indian, 2 local troupes to perform Thursday

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:31, Oct 26,2016

Ganga-Jamuna Theatre and Cultural Festival

A scene from Raarang.


An Indian and two local troupes will stage plays today at three venues of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of the ongoing Ganga-Jamuna Theatre and Cultural Festival.

Indian troupe Anik Theatre will stage Shakuntala at National Theatre Hall, Aranyak Natya Dal will stage Raarang at Experimental Theatre Hall and Chandrakala Theatre will stage Tamasha at Studio Theatre Hall of the academy.

Thursday marks the sixth 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.

Adapted by Amalesh Chakraborty from the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa’s play Abhigyan Shakuntalam, Shakuntala features love-separation-reunion between the star-crossed lovers – Shakuntala and King Dushmanta.

The play has been directed by Amalesh Chakraborty.

Aranyak Natya Dal’s production Raarang , written and directed by Mamunur Rashid, depicts struggles of Santal community, an ethnic minority group living in northern part of Bangladesh, against feudalism and religious racism during the British colonial period.
The play also glorifies a real life Santal warrior Alfred Soren.

Chandrakala Theatre’s comic production Tamasha, written and directed by HR Anik, features typical traits of the people of Old Dhaka, known as Dhakaiyas.

The play features rivalry between two neighbouring families-Tunda Haji and his family and Manzila Begum and her family.

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