Moulvibazar-based theatre troupe Manipuri Theatre is going to hold a three-day monodrama festival from January 10 to 12 at its own hall at Ghoramara village in Moulvibazar.
The festival titled ‘Adwitiya Natranga’ will feature five monodramas by four Dhaka-based troupes and the host troupe.
On the opening day, Dhaka Theatre will stage its acclaimed monodrama Panchanari Akkhyan. The play, written and directed by Harun Rashid and Shahiduzzaman Selim respectively, narrates the agony, oppression and struggle which a woman has to endure in male dominated society.
In the play, noted television and theatre actress Rosey Siddique plays five imaginary characters from different strata of the society including the ghost of a rural girl, an actress who plays the role of extras in mainstream movies, a Hindu housewife, a divorced girl from Jamalpur and a wealthy woman.
The second day of the festival will feature two shows. Manipuri Theatre will stage its monodrama Kohe Birangana, while Padatik Natya Sangsad will stage Gahonjatra.
Kohe Birangana is a dramatic adaptation of Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s poem Birangana Kabya. Adapted and directed by Shubhashish Sinha, the play features several prominent female characters from the Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata including Shakuntala, Draupadi, Dushala and Jona. Jyoti Sinha plays the characters in Kohe Birangana.
Padatik Natya Sangsad’s Gahonjatra, written by Rubayat Ahmed and directed by Sudip Chakroborty, illustrates how the world has become violent and fanatical. Padatik artiste Shamsi Ara Sayeka will act in the play.
The concluding day of the festival will feature shows of Dhrupadi’s Novera and Sadhona’s Sitar Agniparikkha.
Dhrupadi’s Novera, scripted by Samiun Jahan Dola and directed by Sajjad Rajib, is based on Hasnat Abdul Hye’s novel Novera.
Dola acts in the play which revolves around sculptor Novera Ahmed’s life.
The festival will end with a show of Sitar Agniparikkha. The play, written by Saimon Zakaria and directed by Naznin Chumki, features the plights of Sita. Chumki plays the character of Sita in the play.
‘This is the first monodrama festival organised by Manipuri Theatre. Besides plays, the festival will also feature musical programmes everyday in the afternoon’, said Shuvashis Sinha, president of Manipuri Theatre.
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