Late iconic playwright Selim Al Deen’s 69th birth anniversary was celebrated by various organisations on Saturday.
Drama and dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University, theatre troupes Dhaka Theatre and Swapnadal organised separate festivals at different venues marking Al Deen’s birthday.
Theatre troupe Dhaka Theatre, of which Selim Al Deen was a founding member, held its celebration programme at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. On Friday, Dhaka Theatre organised Selim Al Deen Memorial Lecture at the seminar room and staged a show of Deen’s play Dhaboman at National Theatre Hall of the academy.
Jahangirnagar University theatre teacher Yusuf Hassan Arka delivered the Selim Al Deen Memorial Lecture titled ‘Bangladesh-er Oitijyabahi Natye Geet-er Prasangikata’ in the afternoon.
Dhaka Theatre staged Dhaboman, a play dealing with indigenous and folk tales, in the evening. Directed by Shimul Yusuf, the play is set in a village by the Someshwari River and features a buffalo calf named Sohrab as its protagonist.
Theatre troupe Swapnadal organised a two-day festival titled ‘Natyacharia Selim Al Deen Janmautsab-2018’ featuring discussion and plays at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday and Saturday.
Thespian Ataur Rahman inaugurated the festival at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in presence of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation general secretary Kamal Bayezid and others.
Following a discussion on the life and works of Selim Al Deen, Swapnadal staged its anti-war play Tringsha Shatabdi. The play, an adaptation of Indian playwright Badal Sircar’s play with the same title, depicts genocides that took place at different times in the world through interrogations of some historical characters.
On Saturday, the troupe staged Al Deen’s play Hargaj at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The play follows an aid-team that goes to a village that had been destroyed by a devastating tornado.
Swapnadal chief Zahid Repon has directed both plays.
Drama and dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University organised a three-day festival from August 16 to 18 featuring Al Deen’s plays at Zahir Raihan Auditorium on JU campus.
The festival featured four Al Deen plays- Granthikgan Kohe, Pori (based on Deen’s Jaibati Koinnar Mon), Dhaboman and Kittankhola. The festival also featured a seminar titled ‘Global Village-e Selim Al Deen’ where Dr Habib Zakaria delivered the key-note paper.
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