Two historical plays, one social satire to be staged on Monday

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:10, Oct 09,2016 | Updated: 17:46, Oct 09,2016

National Theatre Festival 2016

AS scene from Bodh, will be staged today at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — New Age photo

A scene from Bhangabang, which will be staged today at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — New Age photo

Two historical plays and one social satire will be staged today by three Dhaka-based troupes as part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival 2016.

Aranyak Natya Dal will stage Bhangabanga at the National Theatre Hall while Sanglap Group Theatre will stage Bodh at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Padatik Natya Sangsad (Bangladesh) will stage Poramati 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.  

A scene from Poramati, which will be staged at Bangladesh Mahila Samity today. — New Age photo

Bhangabanga, written by Mamunur Rashid and directed by Faiz Zahir, is a tragicomedy set in a village on the Bangladesh-India border in Benapole after the 1947 partition, which drew a sharp divide line between people based on their religions.

Bodh, written by Swapan Das and directed by Mostafa Heera, is a social satire that shows how poverty and disparity in society force people to choose a life of crime.   

Poramati, on the other hand, has been written by Babul Biswas and directed by Irin Parvin Lopa. It shows how Pakistan’s collaborators in the 1971 war killed local intellectuals for their own interests through an imaginary conversation among six people held captive in a concentration camp.

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