Theatre troupe Byatikram Natyagoshthi has organised a three-day commemorative theatre festival marking the 16th death anniversary of its founder Syed Mahidul Islam at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The three-day festival styled Syed Mahidul Islam Memorial Festival features three plays by Byatikram and two invited troupes, handing over of Syed Mahidul Islam Padak and two more honourary awards to 15 theatre activists.
Thespian Ataur Rahman received Syed Mahidul Islam Padak, while actor-director Golam Shahriar Shikto and theatre activist Chandan Reza received Manchabandhu Sammanana at the inauguration ceremony of the festival on Wednesday.
Actor-playwright Mahfuza Hilali, director Hirak Goon and set and light designer Palash Hendry Sen will receive Manchabandhu Sammanana, while couples Hridi Haque and Litu Anam, Nabila Nasrin and Bulbul Ahmed Joy, Syeda Shamsi Ara and Monirul Haque Dipu, Sayma Karim and Khalid Hasan Rumi, and Soma Ferdous and Ashraful Ashish will receive Jugalbandhu Sammanana.
‘We want to inspire dedicated theatre activists with the awards’, said Shaiful Islam Sohag, executive member of Byatikram Natyagoshthi.
Rights activist Sultana Kamal handed over the awards to Ataur Rahman, Golam Shahriar Shikto and Chandan Reza at the inauguration ceremony as the chief guest. Thespian Dr Enamul Haque, former secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Akhteruzzaman and others were present at the programme.
Other awards will be handed over at the closing ceremony, Sohag said.
Ataur Rahman thanked the troupe for the recognition, ‘Syed Mahidul Islam was one of the most dedicated theatre activists of our time. It is an honour to receive an award named after him’.
Following the awards ceremony, Vision Theatre staged Naishabhoj.
The play, written by Indian playwright Manoj Mitra and directed by Golam Shahriar Shikto, depicts how the rich and the powerful prey on the poor and powerless in society.
Host troupe Byatikram Natyagoshthi staged Pakhi, written by Manoj Mitra, at the same venue on Thursday.
Directed by Shaiful Islam Sohag, the play depicts struggles of middle class people.
Today, Nagarik Natyangan Bangladesh will stage Gahor Badsha O Banechha Pori.
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