Theatre troupe Batikrom Natyagoshthi honoured 16 seasoned and young theatre activists at the inaugural ceremony of Syed Mahidul Islam Memorial Festival on Thursday.
Batikrom organised the two-day event at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, marking the 14th death anniversary of troupe founder Syed Mahidul Islam.
Besides the awards, the festival also featured two theatre productions.
On Thursday, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor handed over the awards among the
Eminent thespian Ferdausi Majumder received the Syed Mahidul Islam Sammanana Padak.
Five thespian couples from different troupes received Syed Mahidul Islam Jugol Sammanan, including Sayem Samad and Nasreen Mustafa of Padatik Natya Sangsad, Ananta Hira and Nuna Afroz of Prangonemor, Asadul Islam and Sonia Hasan of Subachan Natya Sangsad, Khorshedul Alam and Rawshan Jannat Rushni of Shobdo Natyacharcha Kendra, and Tapan Hafiz and Sadi Islam Shanta of Natyateertha.
Besides, six theatre activists received Syed Mahidul Islam Mancha Bandhu Sammanana.
The recipients were Sanwar Alam Khan Dulu of Jessore-based Bibartan Theatre, Khandakar Shah Alam of Bangladesh Theatre, Toufiqul Islam Emon of Prachyanat, Joyita Mohalanbish of Prachyanat, Plaban of Batikrom Natyagoshthi and Saik Siddiqui of Bangolok.
On the opening day, theatre troupe Prangonemor staged Ami O Rabindranath.
Written and directed by Nuna Afroz, the play is based on a fictional plot in which a fan of Rabindranath Tagore meets the poet in different stages of his life at Shilaidaha, Kushtia.
Through her rendezvous, the fan, played by Nuna Afroz, explores different aspects related to Tagore at his age 21, 29, 69 and 80.
The second day of the festival featured the premier show of the host troupe’s play Durasha.
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