Loko Natyadal celebrates 37th founding anniv

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 19:32, Jul 07,2018


Loko Natyadal (Siddheswari) stages Rath Jatra at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday. — Snigdha Zaman

Two factions of Loko Natyadal celebrated 37th founding anniversary of Loko Natyadal by organising separate programmes at two venues in the capital on Friday.

The programme organised by Loko Natyadal (Siddheswari) was held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, while Loko Natyadal (Banani) arranged a two-day programme at Bangladesh Mahila Samity.

Loko Natyadal, which was formed on July 6, 1981, split into two factions in 2005.

Loko Natyadal’s (Siddheswari) programme featured discussion and a theatre show, while the Banani faction held a get-together and cultural show.

Thespian Ataur Rahman and theatre researcher-translator Abdus Selim were present as speakers at the discussion session of the Siddheswari faction. Loko Natyadal (Siddheswari) president Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the discussion.

The speakers congratulated Loko Natyadal (Siddheswari) for its eventful journey.

Following the discussion, the troupe staged Rabindranath Tagore’s Rathjatra to the delight of a hall-full audience. Directed by Liaquat Ali Lucky, the play satirises the powerful in society.

At Bangladesh Mahila Samity, artistes of the Banani faction of Loko Natyadal entertained the audience presenting songs, poems and dance recitals from different productions of the troupe.

The faction staged Rabindranath Tagore’s comedy Baikunther Khata, directed by Kamrun Nur Chowdhury, at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday as part of its founding anniversary celebration.

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