The eight-day Dhaka University Central Annual Theatre Festival ended on Monday amid much enthusiasm at Teacher-Students Centre on DU campus.
The concluding day of the festival featured shows of two plays Tarabibir Marod Pola and Ki Chaho Shankhachil and a closing ceremony.
The festival, organised by Dhaka University’s theatre and performance studies department, featured shows of seventeen plays dramatised and directed by same number of honours final year students of the department.
Among the staged plays in the festival four plays have been written by foreign playwrights and thirteen plays were written by popular playwrights like Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Selim Al Deen, Syed Waliullah, Abduallah Al Mamun and Mumtazuddin Ahmed. Novels and short stories penned by Ahmed Sofa, Akhteruzzaman Elias, Rabindranath Tagore and Syed Shamsul Haq were also dramatised for staging at the festival.
A special honourary award was conferred on thespian Aly Zaker for his contribution to theatre as part of the festival.
‘The festival has been very successful as it attracted a large audience, most of whom were students of DU, everyday. I believe the festival, which is in its twelfth year now, has been able to make many students interested in theatre’, said Ahmedul Kabir, chairman of theatre and performance studies department.
This correspondent found that many students of the university came to the festival regularly to enjoy theatre shows.
‘I have really enjoyed watching the plays at the festival. I watched four plays in total and looking forward to watch more plays in the next edition of the festival,’ Humaira Sharmin, a student of DU, told New Age.
‘It is interesting to watch theatre shows featuring different stories and issues. Besides the annual festival, more theatre festivals and shows should held at TSC auditorium’, said another student Aminur Rahman.
Organisers believe that the growing interest and involvement of youths in theatre is a positive sign.
‘Our annual theatre festival is one of the most vibrant festivals organised on DU campus. The students dramatise and direct all the plays staged at the event. The festival, thereby, engages youths in creative activities’, Shahman Moishan, assistant professor of theatre and performance studies department and one of the supervisors of the festival, told New Age.
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