A five-day theatre festival celebrating the rich tradition of local theatre will begin on September 4 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The festival titled ‘IDLC Natya Utsab 2018’ will feature 10 plays by the same number of troupes.
Financial institution IDLC has organised the festival with the motto- ‘Let theatre be a source of joy’. ‘We will organise the festival to promote local theatre which, we think, is a very powerful medium of entertainment and education’, IDLC CEO Arif Khan in a written statement said.
Theatre, Nagarik Natya Sampraday Dhaka Theatre, Padatik Natya Sangsad, Palakar, BotTola, Prachyanat, Prangonemor, Dhaka University’s theatre and performance studies department and Jahangirnagar University’s drama and dramatics department will stage plays at the festival.
Theatre will stage its feminist play Mukti, Prachyanat will stage its anti-communalism play Circus Circus while Nagarik Natya Sampraday will stage its recent production Open Couple at the festival.
Dhaka Theatre will stage Panchanari Akkhyan, which examines positions of women in patriarchal society, while BotTola will stage Crutch-er Colonel, based on the life of leftist leader-freedom fighter Colonel Taher.
Life of revolutionary Surya Sen will be featured in Padatik Natya Sangsad’s play Trial of Surya Sen, while Palakar’s Banglar Mati Banglar Jol features Nobel Laureaute poet Rabindranath Tagore’s fascination with the then East Bengal.
Prangonemor will stage its recent play Hasonjaner Raja, based on the life of mystic bard Hason Raja, Dhaka University’s theatre and performance studies department will stage an adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s play The Lower Depths.
Students of drama and dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University will stage The Alchemist, an adaptation of Paolo Coelho’s popular novel The Alchemist.
Cultural Affairs minister Assaduzzaman Nur is expected to inaugurate the festival, in presence of renowned theatre activists and IDLC officials.
Theatre activists welcomed the move considering such initiatives would make local theatre vibrant.
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