The sixteen-day Ganga-Jamuna Theatre and Cultural Festival is now in full swing at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Local and Indian troupes are entertaining the audience with theatre shows held at three theatre halls of the academy in the evening, while different cultural organisations and artistes are performing at the open stage in front of National Theatre Hall every afternoon as part of the festival.
The festival, which commenced from October 6, is drawing a large number of theatre lovers to the theatre halls, claimed the organisers. ‘A large number of people are coming to the festival daily and during the weekends the shows are running houseful,’ said Akhteruzzaman, member secretary of the festival committee.
While visiting the festival on Friday and Saturday, the first two days of the event, this correspondent found that theatre shows by local troupes Prachyanat, Prangonemor, Loko Natyadal (Banani), Dhaka Theatre, Samoy and Natyachakra were being enjoyed by a houseful audience.
On Sunday and Monday five plays, including two plays by Indian troupes, were staged at the festival. Renowned Kolkata-based actor Debshankar Halder, who acted in both of the plays of the Indian troupes, impressed the Dhaka audience with his brilliant acting skills.
Three other plays staged on Sunday and Monday were also enjoyed by a large audience.
On Tuesday, the schedule of the festival was changed by the organisers. The show of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s acclaimed production Hamlet was cancelled as two major actors could not perform.
Savar-based Bunan Theatre took the stage and staged its recent production Secret of History, a play on the infamous jail killing of November, 1975.
Dhaka Padatik and Mad Theatre staged Paicho Chorer Kichcha and Naddim Natim, respectively.
The coming days of the festival will offer plays like Gahor Badsha and Banechha Pori, a folklore-based production, by Nagarik Natyangan Bangladesh, Champabati by Shobdo Natyacharcha Kendra, Konjush by Loko Natyadal (Siddheswari), Mukti by Theatre, Pratham Partha by Theatre School Praktooni, Mohajoner Nao by Subachan Natya Sangsad, Jatra Pala Pritilata by Joyjatra, Shakuntala by Kolkata-based Anik and others.
‘We hope the remaining days of the festival will also draw a large audience to the venue’, said Akhteruzzaman.
Organised by Ganga-Jamuna Natya Utsab Parshad, the festival has been dedicated to recently demised Indian thespian Amalesh Chakrabarty.
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