Theatre in Bangladesh has developed a unique style of its own which is different from those of other countries, said veteran theatre activist Aly Zaker.
Both Bangladesh and West Bengal of India share a common language. However, when one compares between the theatre scenes of the two regions the uniqueness of Bangladeshi theatre stands out, said Zaker at a get together of theatre activists and enthusiasts organised by Theatre Factory on Friday morning at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Zaker’s friends, peers and young theatre activists from different theatre troupes were present at the programme.
‘We have been influenced by Bengali plays produced by troupes in West Bengal, India. We admire their productions and many of their actors-directors. However, in our theatre we sought a unique style to address our themes for our audience’, said Zaker, who has earned acclaim for his powerful acting in plays like Macbeth, Dewan Gazir Kissa, Galileo, Nuroldiner Sarajibon and many others.
Zaker, however, did not elaborate on the similarities and dissimilarities between the theatre scenes of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.
Aly Zaker also talked about his theatrical journey.
‘I decided to get involved in theatre when I was working as a programme producer at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the liberation war. I thought that a free country should have a flourishing theatre scene and in 1972 I acted in Kabor, directed by Mamunur Rashid’, said Zaker, who advised young activists to dedicate themselves to theatre.
Thespian Dr Enamul Haque, M Hamid and writer-researcher Mofidul Hoque also spoke at the programme.
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