An eight-day National Folk Drama Festival kicked off amid festivity at Kabi Nazrul Auditorium at Rikabi Bazar in Sylhet on Sunday.
Eight theatre troupes from each of the eight divisions of the country are participating at the festival organized by Sylhet-based theatre troupe Natyamancha Sylhet marking its 28th founding anniversary.
Thespian Nasiruddin Yusuff inaugurated the festival, in presence of Indian assistant high commissioner L Krishna Murti, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation general secretary Kamal Bayazid, Sylhet City Corporation mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury, local deputy commissioner Kazi Emdadul Islam, Independence Award winning singer Sushama Das and others.
Manipuri Art and Cultural Academy artistes commenced the festival with a colourful dance recital. Following was a show of Selim Al Deen’s Granthikgan Kahe by Bhola Theatre. Directed by Anik Kumar Saha, the play depicts lifestyles and struggles of jatra artistes.
The festival will also feature plays by Chanpainababganj Theatre (Rajshahi), Vanguard (Chattogram), Bahurupi Natya Sangstha (Mymensingh), Natyamancha (Sylhet), Nagarin Natyangan (Dhaka), Bibartan (Jessore, Khulna) and Natyakendra (Rangpur).
‘We have invited eight renowned troupes from eight divisions to stage their folk plays at the festival. Besides theatre shows, the festival is also featuring an exhibition of folk musical instruments, display of books on folk-culture and stalls of traditional cakes,’ said Rajat Kanti Gupta, chief of Natyamancha Sylhet.
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