Ganga-Jamuna theatre and cultural festival: Festival to end today with three local plays

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 16:48, Oct 29,2016

Ganga-Jamuna theatre and cultural festival

Rosey Siddique performs in monodrama Panchonari Akhyan, which will be staged today.

Rajar Chithi
Actors perform in Rajar Chithi, which will be staged today.

Three Dhaka-based theatre troupes will stage their productions on the concluding day, which will also feature open-air performances by several cultural troupes.

Dhaka Theatre will stage its monodrama Panchanari Akhyan at the National Theatre Hall, Shobdo Natyacharcha Kendra will stage Konyadaan at the Experimental Theatre Hall, and Jagoroni Theatre will stage Rajar Chithi at the Music and Dance Centre.

Panchanari Akhyan, written by Harun Rashid and directed by Shahiduzzaman Selim, is a story of five women from different social settings and times – all connected through their exposure to different kinds of subjugation that women have to endure in a male-dominated society.

Noted actress Rosey Siddique plays the five imaginary characters including the ghost of a rural girl, an actress working as extra in the film industry, a Hindu housewife, a divorced woman from Jamalpur, and a wealthy woman.

Shobdo Natyacharcha Kendra’s Konyadaan, written by Indian playwright Vijay Tendulkar and written by Khorshedul Alam, highlights the contrast between people’s beliefs and their actions.

It shows how even the social workers, preaching about the inherent dignity and rights of all human beings, cannot accept the intrusion of a low-caste man in their lives.

Rajar Chithi, a new production by Jagoroni Theatre, features the determination of a devotee of Rabindranath Tagore to fight injustices.

Written by Mahfuza Hilali and directed by Debashish Ghosh, the play dramatises the real-life story of Haridas Basak, who drew inspiration from Tagore works to fight injustices suffered by the common people and who was killed by the Pakistani army during the 1971 war of independence.

Besides the theatre shows, cultural organisations Sursaptak, Muktadhara Abritti Charcha Kendra, Shrutighar, Nandanik Nritya Sangathan and Sattik Natya Sampraday will perform at a cultural show at the open space of the academy.

In the previous days of the festival, a total of 27 plays by 24 local and three Indian theatre troupes were staged.

‘The festival drew a considerably huge crowd and many of the shows went houseful,’ said Golam Kuddus, convener of the festival. ‘We brought some of the best and most recent theatre productions at this fifth edition of the event.’

Akteruzzaman, member secretary of the festival committee, termed the festival a success in that it included shows on theatre, music, recitation, dance and other forms of art.

‘Ganga-Jamuna festival is growing in size and popularity. We hope to bring more cultural and art shows in the coming editions,’ he added.

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