Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC has organised three-day Kochi Memorial Theatre Festival marking the 16th death anniversary of its late founding member Murtaish Kochi at Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samiti.
The festival features three plays by the host troupe.
Padatik staged Liberation war-based play Kaal Ratri and Gunjan Bibir Pala on Thursday and Friday respectively at the festival.
Murtaish Kochi’s friend and renowned theatre activist M Hamid, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation general secretary Kamal Bayezid, International Theatre Institute (Bangladesh Chapter) general secretary Debprasad Debnath inaugurated the festival and recalled Kochi, who, they said, ‘was a dedicated theatre activist’.
Following the inauguration ceremony, Padatik staged liberation war-based play Kaal Ratri.
The play, adapted by Tanvir Ahmed Sidney from Lamisa Shirin Hossain’s story titled ‘Lone Survivor’ and directed by Wahidul Islam, follows a young girl, who asks her grandfather, who was a teacher at Dhaka University in 1971, about the liberation war.
She becomes more curious about the war after she meets a wounded man, a former student of her grandfather. The girl comes to know that the wounded man is a freedom fighter.
As the play moves forward both the grandfather and the freedom fighter recall their experiences of the war.
The unnamed freedom fighter, who used to stay at the Jagannath Hall, recounts how the students and mass people were backed into a corner during Pakistani occupation forces’ crackdown on the mass people on the night of March 25, 1971.
Padatik artistes enacted different scenes on stage as the old man and the freedom fighter narrated their experiences of the liberation war.
On Friday, the troupe staged Gunjan Bibir Pala. The play, written and directed by Sayik Siddiqui, depicts the story of Gunjan Bibi following traditional narrative style.
Today, Padatik will stage monodrama Gahonjatra at the venue at 7:00pm.
The festival will end today.
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