A theatre production and a film based on the stories of eminent author Shawkat Osman were presented at two separate events in Dhaka on Thursday.
The programmes were organised to mark the birth centenary of Shawkat Osman, which was on January 2.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised the first programme featuring the play Bandh, staged by Shilpakala Academy Reparatory, while Bangladesh Shishu Academy screened a film titled Abbas.
Bandh, based on Shawkat Osman’s short story Ei Bandhe, has been adapted and directed by Mohammad Bari.
Bandh, meaning embankment, depicts how the core features of humanity come to the surface at times of chaos and confusion. It begins with the outbreak start of a flood on the outskirts of a village.
The villagers, torn by an ancient rivalry between the northern side and the southern side, take shelter at a nearby embankment.
Initially, both groups fight for control of the dam but as floodwaters spread out into new areas and threatens every one of them, they come to realise their mistake. They understand that their rivalry will only worsen the situation while, together, they stand a better chance of fighting it.
The BSA programme also featured recitation of Shawkat Osman’s poems by note artistes. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor attended the programme as chief guest.
Meanwhile, the film Abbas, based on a story by Shawkat Osman, was directed by the late author-poet Syed Shamsul Haq. It depicts the sufferings of a boy as he arrives in a city far from his village to work.
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