A theatre week featuring seven plays by theatre troupe Prangonemor kicked off on Thursday at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy with a show of Ami O Rabindranath.
Titled ‘Prangonemor Theatre Week’, the festival was inaugurated by eminent theatre activist Sara Zaker, in presence of Prangonemor chief Ananta Hira and other members of the troupe.
‘Prangonemor, with their quality productions, has emerged as a leading theatre troupe of the country in the last decade. I hope the troupe will continue to bring on stage more such productions in future,’ said Sara Zaker.
Following the inaugural programme members of the troupe staged the play Ami O Rabindranath to the delight of the audience.
Written and directed by Nuna Afroz, the play is based on a fictional plot and revolves around a die-hard fan of Rabindranath Tagore. The fan meets Rabindranath at different stages of his life at Shilaidaha Kuthibadi in Kushtia.
Through portrayal of different meetings with Tagore, the fan named Athai, played by Nuna Afroz, presents a Tagore aged 21, 29, 69 and 80 on stage.
The play begins with Athai and her friend Nehal travelling to Shilaidaha in Kushtia, where Tagore lived for a while and wrote some of his popular poems and songs.
Athai gets separated from her friend. She begins to wonder inside Kuthibari and suddenly hears the voice of Tagore.
Athai meets Tagore at different stages of his life and reveals different aspects of the Nobel Laureate poet through conversation.
The theatre week, in the next six days, will feature plays like Irsha, Shesher Kabita, Shyama prem, Condemned Cell, Bibadi Sargam, Aurangzeb at the same venue.
‘We are going to organise a similar theatre week in Kolkata, India in November where we will stage these seven plays’, shared Ananta Hira.
The theatre week in India, named Prangonemor Bangladesh Theatre Festival, will be held at Satyajit Ray Auditorium in Kolkata from November 3 to 8. The event will include a seminar on theatre practices in Bangladesh and India which will be held on November 5, added Hira.
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