Two troupes from the capital and another from Jhenaidah will stage their plays today as part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival 2016.
Dhaka-based Bangladesh Theatre will stage Siraj Jakhan Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah at the National Theatre Hall while Natya Teertha will stage Kankal at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Jhenaidah’s Ankur Natya Academy will stage Gazi Kalu Champaboti at the Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation have jointly organised the 18-day festival that will feature a total of 58 plays by troupes from across the country.
Siraj Jakhan Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah, adapted by Abdul Aziz from Sachindranath Sengupta’s historical play Siraj ud-Daulah, highlights the fall of Siraj, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, and the fate of his people.
The play, also directed by Abdul Aziz, incorporates abridged versions of the first and final acts of the original play. The first act shows a theatre activist named Siraj, who is deeply inspired by the late actor Anwar Hossain’s performance as Nawab in a film on him and wants to play the role in a production.
The entirety of the original play is presented as a dream sequence, in which Siraj envisions the court in the days of Nawab Siraj and relives the conspiracies, events related to the Battle of Plessey and ultimately the fall and demise of the Nawab.
After Siraj’s dream ends, the final act shows a theatre director choosing him to play his coveted role.
Kankal, adapted by Rabiul Alam from Rabindranath Tagore’s short story of the same title, satirises the prejudices of the 19th-century Bengali Hindu society through the tragic love story of a physician and a widow.
The play has directed by Tapan Hafiz.
Abdus Shaheed Mithu’s play Gazi Kalu Champabati, directed by M Nazimuddin Julius, dramatises the myths of Gazi pir, his wife Champabati and younger brother Kalu.
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