The 31st edition of the national street theatre festival is in full swing at the Central Shaheed Minar.
The weeklong festival organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation is drawing a huge crowd every day.
Troupes from Dhaka and outside the capital are staging five to six street dramas every day addressing the contemporary socio-political turmoil at the weeklong festival.
BGTF has been organising the festival since 1987 to pay tribute to the language movement veterans and also to promote street theatre.
The ongoing edition will feature 40 plays.
Six troupes from different districts staged street dramas featuring contemporary issues and anomalies in front of a big crowd on Friday.
Dhaka-based popular troupe Aranyak Natyadal staged its well-known street drama Murkha Loker Murkha Katha.
The play, written and directed by Mannan Hira, satirises corruption in the country’s health sector and its impact on the innocent people.
Narayanganj-based troupe Sangsaptak Natyadal staged a political satire titled ‘Mantabya Nishproyojon’.
Written by Sanaullah Haque and directed by Sampad Kumar Acharya, the play criticies all the ruling political parties and leaders.
The play shows that the political parties and politicians are not doing their duties accordingly and do not do anything for the welfare of the public.
They rather misuse power for personal interest.
Dristipat Natya Sangsad staged another political satire Joratali, by MA Salam.
Directed by Kazi Anis, the play shows that the successive political parties since the independence of the country in 1971 have deviated from the pledge of the freedom fighters to build a welfare state.
Munshiganj Theatre from Munshiganj and two Dhaka-based troupes--Chaukosh Natya Sampraday and Ethic Theatre--staged street theatres on Friday.
A remarkable number of audiences also found on Saturday watching six plays.
The festival was inaugurated on January 31 and will run till February 07.
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