National dance drama fest underway

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 16:40, Nov 15,2016

National Dance Drama Festival

Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts stages Nakshi Kanthar Math at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday. — Snigdha Zaman

The 2nd National Dance Drama Festival began on Monday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, featuring a drama based on Jasimuddin’s Nakshi Kanthar Math by the members of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts.

The weeklong event, organised by Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association, will feature15 dance dramas by five district-based and ten capital-based troupes.

The festival was inaugurated by finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith.

Bangladesh Dance Artistes’ Association president Minu Haque, Bangladesh Chapter of International Theatre Institute president Nasiruddin Yousuff, senior dancer Rahijha Khanam Jhunu and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky were also present on the occasion.

‘Dance drama is a special type of drama that combines music, theatricals and dance moves. In our country, it goes back a long way and flourished with the works of Rabindranath Tagore and others,’ said Minu Haque.

‘We have been organising this festival to promote this form of drama in the country,’ she added.

Rahijha Khanam Jhunu, known as nritya gurumata, has directed Nakshi Kanthar Math for Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts.  

The drama features Rupai’s mourning after the death of his wife Saju, who narrated the pains of her lonely days on Nakshi Kantha, meaning embroidered quilts.

It begins with Rupai, who returns to his village after years of hiding, bumping into the grave of his wife, which is shrouded by an embroidered quilt.  

The play, from then on, recounts the affair between Rupai and Saju, and their happy conjugal life, which comes to an end when Rupai engages in a fight over land.  

Sadia Islam Mou plays Saju while Abdur Rashid Swapan plays Rupai, moving the audience with their spontaneous dance recitals. Besides, Selina Haque, Afroza Kamal, Abdul Matin and others also performed in the production.

Among other dance dramas scheduled to be staged are Baramkhana, Shyama, Kaal Mrigaya, Kabar, Mohajoner Nao, Shaapmochon, Bhanu Sigher Padabali, Sonai Madhab, Chitrangada, and Mahua.

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