3rd int’l mime fest begins

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 13,2019

 
 

Guests, organisers and participants pose for a photograph at the inaugural ceremony. — Sourav Lasker

The third international mime festival organised by Dhaka University Mime Action began on
Thursday at TSC auditorium of DU.
The festival, titled ‘Guardian Life International Mime Fest 2019’, is featuring mime competition, workshop, seminar, performances by local and foreign mime artistes, poster exhibition and others.
Dhaka University vice chancellor Professor Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the festival. Actor Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooque was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony.
The programme began with observing a one-minute silence for late Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who died on Wednesday night at the Burn Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Dhaka University Mime Action began its journey with the slogan ‘Na Bola Kathagulo Na Bolei Hok Bola’ in 2011. The organisation has been arranging the international mime festival since 2017.
‘We have been organising the mime festival featuring local and foreign artistes since 2017 to popularise mime among the younger generation and promote Bangladeshi mime artistes in the international arena,’ said director of the festival Mir Lokman.
‘Since 2011 DUMA artistes have staged 500 mime shows at home and aboard,’ Lokman added.
The three-day international mime festival is featuring mime performances by artistes from Bangladesh, UK, India, Thailand and Indonesia.
Local troupes including Chattogram-based Pantomime Movement, Gazipur-based Muktamancha Nirbak Dal, Jahangirnagar University-based Rangan Mime Academy, Narayanganj-based Shruti Mime Theatre and others are participating in the event.
Ong from Thailand commenced the festival with a mime performance highlighting the causes and effects of natural disasters. British artiste Filip presented a mime performance depicting human relationship while an Indonesian mime troupe named Star Theatre performed a mime portraying rich cultures of both Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Besides, artistes of DUMA performed a mime describing the plight and struggles of street children on the opening day.
On Friday, artistes of DUMA, Narayanganj-based Shruti Mime Theatre, artistes from UK and
Thailand performed at the festival.
Today, Indian troupe Shoma Mime Theatre, Gazipur-based Muktamancha Nirbak Dal, Dhaka-based Mime Art and others will perform at the event.
Besides, DUMA will honour Rezwan Razan, also general secretary of Bangladesh Mime Federation, on the concluding day of the festival.

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