Three biographical plays will be staged today as part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival 2016.
Loko Natya Dal (Banani) will stage Baikunther Khata, an adaptation of Tagore’s story on a writer, at the National Theatre Hall while Barisal-based troupe Natyam will stage Tilak, featuring courage of a EPR employee in 2971, at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Dinajpur-based troupe Nabarupi will stage E O Sambhab, featuring biography of a thespian, at the Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation have jointly organised the 18-day festival that will feature a total of 58 plays by troupes from across the country.
Baikunther Khata, directed by Kamrun Nur Chowdhury, shows how sycophants create troubles by winning faiths of the innocent people through the tragic story of an imaginary writer named Baikuntha.
Tilak, written and directed by Ashik Suman, features courage of the then East Pakistan Rifles [now BGB] official subedar major Shawkat Ali, who transmitted the founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s declaration of independence on March 25 midnight in 1971.
Pakistani occupational army arrested Shawkat along with a few other EPR men and tortured them brutally till death. Nabarupi’s production E O Sambhab, written and directed by Shahjahan Shah, glorifies a Dinajpur-based multifaceted talent named Shibprasad Kar, who was simultaneously an acclaimed actor, playwright, director, musician and dancer.
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