Narail-based troupe Rupkatha Poter Dal staged Poter Gaan, a traditional performing art form highlighting ethics and values through the mythological and real-life narratives, at the Central Shaheed Minar on Monday.
The troupe performed on the on the fifth day of the ongoing Bangladesh Street Theatre Festival organised by Bangladesh Patha Natok Parishad highlighting the Independence Day.
As found in the traditional Poter Gaan presentations in the rural areas, Rupkatha Poter Dal artistes presented songs with the duration of one to one and half minutes narrating stories depicted on different scroll paintings.
They rendered songs such as Tin shokhi jay jol anite, Chhoto khato miare bhai, Badha boner bag re bhai and Dui parer dui buri jhogra narrating the traditional rural life.
Some of these songs were composed a few hundred years ago while others were composed a few decades ago by Bipin Sarker, said Nikhil Chandra Das, team leader of Rupkatha Poter Dal.
He also said that the traditional performing art form Poter Gaan is now on verge of extinction as the artistes are giving up practicing the art form as it has lost appeal in the era of globalisation.
An artiste of the troupe Binoy Krishno Bishwash, also son of Bipin Sarker, said under his initiative a book featuring songs composed by Bipin Sarker was published. Binoy urged government help for preserving the traditional art form.
Beside the traditional art form, Dhaka-based troupes Rangapeet Natyadal, Goti Theatre and Bangla Natyadal respectively staged Kheya Parer Majhi, Mamar Agoman, Ghughu Munshi O Anyanya respectively. Habiganj-based troupe Khoayai Theatre staged Ei Piriti Shei Piriti Noy while Rajbari- based troupe Dibya Natyakala Academy staged Ekattor Amar Ohongkar on the day.
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