Nat’l Street Theatre Fest ‘18 begins

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:22, Feb 01,2018


Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy artistes perform in street theatre Uranta Pakhi on Wednesday at the Central Shaheed Minar. — Snigdha Zaman

The 33rd edition of National Street Theatre Festival began on Wednesday on Central Shaheed Minar premises on Dhaka University campus with staging of two plays.

Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, a common platform of theatre practitioners, has been organising national street theatre festival on Central Shaheed Minar premises since 1987.

This year a total of 35 theatre troupes from across the country will stage plays in the festival, said the organisers.

On the opening day Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy staged Uranto Pakhi directed by Soma Giri and Theatre Art Unit staged its play Janam Dukhi Maa directed by S M Solaiman at the event.

The festival began with the rendition of national anthem. The organisers paid their respects to the language movement martyrs by placing floral wreaths at the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar.

Painter Samarjit Roy Chowdhury inaugurated the festival as the chief guest. Thespian Ramendu Majumdar, president of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote Golam Kuddus, presidium member of BGTF Jhuna Chowdhury and others were present at the inauguration programme.

Akteruzzaman delivered the welcome speech. BGTF chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the programme.

‘The 33rd edition of the festival will feature plays highlighting our mother tongue’ Akteruzzaman, secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, told New Age.

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