Aly Zaker receives lifetime achievement award
The 2nd BotTala Rangomela ended on Saturday at the Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity, with a show of The Mud by Iranian troupe Crazy Body Group.
Local theatre troupe BotTala organised the ten-day theatre festival that featured ten new productions by seven local and three foreign troupes.
On the concluding day, a lifetime achievement award was conferred on seasoned thespian Aly Zaker by the festival organisers.
Saturday’s programme began with a music show by Samageet, which performed several awareness-raising songs on the ground floor of Mahila Samity.
Afterwards, the lifetime achievement award was handed over to Aly Zaker, followed by a video presentation of his eventful career in theatre.
Aly Zaker is a versatile actor-director who has enriched local theatre with his charisma, dedication and hard work, said a note on the thespian.
After receiving the award, Zaker called it an important achievement in his theatre career and thanked the organisers for the recognition.
Earlier in the festival, special honorary awards – BotTola Sammanana – were given to eight theatre activists from eight divisions of the country.
They were: Munshi Mohammad Ali Rumi (Dhaka), Shyamol Bhattacharya (Rajshahi), Shahjahan Shah (Rangpur), Krishnakumari Sinha (Sylhet), Jyoshna Biswas (Mymensingh), Manbendra Botball (Barisal), Bimal Krishna Majumder (Khulna) and Rabiul Alam (Chittagong).
The festival kicked off on December 1 with the premiere show of BotTala’s Crutcher Kornel.
Six more local productions were staged on the subsequent days, including The Jubilee Hotel (Aranyak Natyadal), Gohor Badsha O Banechha Pori (Nagarik Natyangan), Matbring (Bibartan from Jessore), Condemned Cell (Prangonemor), Mayanodi (Theatre Bailey Road) and Karbalar Jari (Jahangirnagar University).
Two Indian troupes, Compus and Notodha – as well as the Crazy Body Group of Iran – also staged their plays.
Besides the theatre productions, there was also a special performance and puppet show for the children on December 9.
The third edition of BotTala Rangomela will be held in 2018, the organisers said.
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