Bangladesh Betar is trying to make radio dramas more attractive to the listeners by involving popular artistes and playwrights.
‘At present, seasoned actors like Mamunur Rashid, Subarna Mostafa, Tariq Anam Khan, Bipasha Hayat, Tamalika Karmakar and others are acting in our productions,’ Prem Gopal Halder, deputy regional director of Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka, told New Age.
‘Keeping in mind the demands of the listeners, Bangladesh Betar has roped in skilled artistes, who rarely perform on small screen these days, to produce quality dramas,’ he said.
Actors, who have recently acted in radio dramas, also expressed their satisfaction over the work environment at Bangladesh Betar and listeners’ response to radio dramas.
‘Radio drama has a special appeal to listeners. Acting in radio drama requires different skill set which artistes can develop by regularly acting in such dramas’, said seasoned actor Mamunur Rashid.
‘Radio stations organise rehearsals before the final recording of dramas. So artistes can better prepare themselves for the drama and deliver their best performances which ensure quality of production. On the other hand in teleplays, now-a-days, artistes get the scripts of plays on the shooting set and they have to act in teleplays without any preparation which affects the quality of the productions,’ Rashid added.
Seasoned artistes, however, expressed their concern because they do not get paid much for acting in Radio dramas. ‘It is true that many of our seasoned artistes do not work anymore in radio dramas due to low pay. If the pay is attractive, artistes will surely return to act in radio drama’, said Tariq Anam Khan, who recently worked in radio drama serial Reba O Tar Biral. The serial is aired every Saturday at 9:45pm.
‘A new pay structure is being developed for artistes of radio dramas,’ Sayed Mostafa Kamal, regional director of Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka, told New Age.
‘Among the programmes aired on Bangladesh Betar Radio drama is the most popular programme. Listeners regularly write to us about the dramas’, he added.
‘On an average we receive over a hundred postcards and letters and over a hundred e-mails from listeners every day. Most of these letters are about radio dramas. We try to follow the demands of the listeners,’ Kamal said.
New Age saw some of the letters written by listeners praising the radio dramas aired by Bangladesh Betar. In one letter, Imran Hossain, president of Faridur-based Nabakam Radio Listeners’ Club, wrote, ‘I really enjoy your message-oriented short plays under the series Swapnajatra. I hope that you will continue airing plays addressing different issues as part of the series’.
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