Mahakal Natya Sampradaya celebrates 35th founding anniv

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:02, Jul 15,2018


Mahakal Natya Sampradaya stages Neelakhyan at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s Studio Theatre Hall on Saturday. — New Age photo

Mahakal Natya Sampradaya celebrated its 35th founding anniversary organising a programme at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s Studio Theatre Hall on Saturday.

The celebration programme featured discussion, music presentation and staging of a theatre performance by the troupe members.

The troupe also honoured its two advisors AKM Aktaruzzaman and Dr M Tajul Islam.

Shammilito Sanskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation presidium member Lucky Enam, among others, felicitated the troupe on its founding anniversary.

Following the discussion, Mahakal Natya Sampradaya staged romantic tragedy Neelakhyan.

Anan Zaman has adapted the play from the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s story Sapure.

The play, directed by Yousuf Hasan Arko, features a dilemma of a snake charmer named Zahur over his desires for physical love as opposed to spiritual attainment.

Zahur, the leader of a snake charmer's community, prays to the goddess Monosha to grant him a spiritual status that will make him impervious to snake venom.

The goddess accepts his prayer on the condition that he will have to abstain from sexual desires to dedicate his body and mind to achieving the goal.

Zahur achieves spirituality sacrificing his beloved Binti.

Mir Zahid Hasan, Poly Biswas, Konok, Lithu, Esha and Konal, among others, performed different characters in the play.

Formed on July 14, 1983, Mahakal   Natya Sampradaya produced 39 theatre productions, including 21 street plays till date.

Its maiden production E Lash Rakhbo Kothay was premiered on July 22, 1983 at Jahangirnagar University’s amphitheatre.

Sonai Koinnar Pala, Shikhandi Katha and Ghum Nei are the troupe’s most acclaimed theatre productions.

‘I have plan to premiere a theatre production on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib’s assassination titled “Sraban Tragedy” soon,’ said the president of the troupe Mir Zahid Hasan, adding that they would also organise an international theatre festival within a year.

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