A week-long theatre festival featuring plays by three Bangladeshi and two Indian troupes ended at Kazi Nazrul Islam Auditorium at Rikabibazar in Sylhet on Sunday.
Dhaka-based theatre troupe BatTala staged its acclaimed play Crutcher Colonel on the closing day of the festival.
The play, based on Shahaduzzaman’s novel with same title, has been adapted by Soumya Sarkar and Samina Luthfa Nitra.
The play, directed by Mohammad Ali Haider, depicts the life of leftist politician and one of the most decorated war heroes of the country Colonel Abu Taher.
The play begins with a military parade on stage and it soon shifts to the rehearsal room of a theatre troupe where the troupe’s members are discussing plans to stage a play on Colonel Abu Taher.
The play also portrays historical figures like Matia Chowdhury, Siraj Sikder, Khandoker Mustak and others.
The play ends with Colonel Taher tried in a ‘kangaroo court’ which declares the death penalty of Taher.
Imran Khan Munna, Kazi Roksana Ruma, Samina Luthfa Nitra, Tawfiq Hasan Bhuiyan, Pankaj Mazumder, Ivan Riaz, M Sayeed, Manzurul Islam Ronny, Golam Mahbub Masum and Nafiul Islam acted in the play.
Sammilita Natya Parishad Sylhet, a platform of the Sylhet-based theatre troupes, in association with cultural affair ministry of Bangladesh, Sylhet City Corporation and Sylhet-based cricket team Sylhet Sixers organised the week-long festival to promote cultural exchange between Bangladesh and West Bengal of India.
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