After almost two weeks since Ramadan began, two historical plays were staged at two halls of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.
Dhaka Padatik staged its recent play Trial of Surya Sen at National Theatre Hall, while Universal Theatre staged Mahatma at Experimental Theatre Hall of the academy.
Trial of Surya Sen, written and directed by Masum Aziz, depicts the trial of revolutionary Masterda Surya Sen, who is noted for leading the 1930 Chittagong armory raid in Chittagong during the British rule.
Mahatma, written and directed by Mazharul Haque Pintu, portrays the Noakhali riots of 1946. Mahatma Gandhi travelled to Noakhali and played a key role in pacifying communal conflict between Hindus and Muslims.
Earlier on Tuesday, Padatik Natya Sangsad Bangladesh staged Shey at Experimental Theatre Hall.
The shows, however, did not attract large audience- a common scenario during Ramadan.
Theatre shows held during Ramadan do not attract a large audience. This is why theatre troupes hold less number of shows during the month, said theatre activists.
‘We are eager to stage plays during the month of Ramadan as it is easier to reserve venues at the time. However, we do not stage many plays as people usually do not go to halls to watch theatre shows in the evening during Ramadan’, said a theatre activist Masud Alam.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy official Rahima Khatun Jhumu informed, ‘Since Ramadan started many troupes have cancelled their shows. Nine troupes have reserved halls to stage plays in the next few days but we do not know whether the troupes will stage the plays or cancel the shows at the last minute’.
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