Ballad-based theatre festival ends

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 20:00, Dec 08,2016

Bhanu Sundari

Annesha Theatre stages Bhanu Sundari at National Theatre Hall on Wednesday. — Snigdha Zaman

A six-day theatre festival featuring ballad-based productions ended on Wednesday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Theatre troupe Natyateertha organised the festival, Sundari Natyamela, marking its twelfth founding anniversary and featuring six productions by two capital-based and four district-based troupes.

At the concluding ceremony on Wednesday, twelve female thespian talents were honoured.

They were Shirin Bakul, Dipta Rakkhit Lovely, Sonia Hasan Subarna, Rawshan Jannat Rashmi, Kazi Shila, Shamima Shawkat, Shamsi Ara Sayeka, Farzana Fatema Chowdhury, Sangeeta Chowdhury, Syeda Nowshin Islam Disha, Ashrafun Nihar Dina and Ananya Goswami.

Afterwards, Mymensingh-based troupe Annesha Theatre staged Bhanu Sundari, which was not based on any ballad but was developed in the style of one – in terms of story and presentation. 

Director Saik Siddiqui adapted the story from William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, featuring the story of a couple meeting a tragic end because of a clash between their families.

Saik took liberties with the original play to fit it into a ballad-like setting, in which Romeo is transformed into Chandra Kumar and Juliet into Bhanumati.

In the previous five days, Shibani Sundari was staged by Mohakal Natya Sampraday, Rupchan Sundari by Bangolok Natyadal, Kamola Sundari by Natyateertha, Mohua Sundari by Ekota Natyagoshthi, and Amina Sundari by Theatre Art Unit.

At the festival, Natyateertha Honorary Award was conferred on six seasoned thespians including Kamal Bayezid, Kamrul Hasan Tarafdar, Parimal Majumder, M Zillur Rahman, M Mohsin Shamim and Subhashis Dutt Tanmoy.

Also, a seminar on the role of women in local theatre was held on December 3.

The festival began on December 2.

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