The 12th edition of Syed Mohidul Islam Smaran Utsab 2019 featuring plays by local and Indian theatre troupes commenced on Saturday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The five-day festival has been organised by local theatre troupe Batikrom Nattya Goshti marking the death anniversary of noted playwright, actor and director Syed Mohidul Islam and 43rd founding anniversary of Batikrom Nattya Goshti.
The inaugural ceremony featured discussion and an awards programme.
State minister for disaster management and relief Dr Enamur Rahman was present as the chief guest, while former secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Akhtaruzzaman, BGTF assistant secretary general Chandan Reza and playwright- director Mohammad Ali Haider, among others, were present as special guests at the event.
The organisers paid tribute to Syed Mohidul Islam lighting candles.
Following which, a discussion was held where guests spoke on the life and works of Syed Mohidul Islam.
‘Syed Mohidul Islam took the initiative for introducing theatre in the curricula of universities. His contribution to the country’s theatre scene cannot be forgotten. He had also directed 33 plays in his lifetime,’ said Akhtaruzzaman.
The troupe honoured five theatre artistes with Manchabandhu Padak for their contribution to theatre scene.
Tanima Ahmed, Sujit Saha, Subhabrata Dey, Mir Jahid and Sadhona Ahmed received the award.
The troupe also presented Syed Mohidul Islam Jugal Shommanona to five couples including Mosharraf Karim and Rubina Reza, Ali Haider and Samina Lutfa Mitra, Moithili Guha and Simanto Moitra, Masud Sumon and Mumu Masud, Avijit Sengupta and Deepta Rakshit.
Dr Enamur Rahman handed over the awards to the recipients.
Following the awards programme, renowned theatre troupe Theatre staged its acclaimed production Draupadi Parampara at the venue.
The play, written and directed by Prabir Datta, depicts oppression of women in patriarchal society through illustration of legendary character Draupadi from the Hindu epic The Mahabharatha.
The play illustrates the story of Draupadi, who emerged from the sacred fire in Panchala and was wife to the five Pandavas.
The play depicts Draupadi’s sufferings in patriarchal society by showing her humiliation at the hands of the Kauravas after she was put on bet at a dice-game by Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava.
The character of Draupadi criticises the patriarchal system in society which silenced her voice, belittled her dignity and put her in embarrassing situations. She equates herself with all women who have been oppressed in patriarchal society. Tahmina Akter, Akifa Alam and Yusha Antara, who played the character of Draupadi, acted brilliantly in the play.
Prabir Datta, Shahriar Alam, Shangkar Sarkar, Jahangir Kabir, Lelin Firozi and others also acted in the production.
On Sunday, Batikrom Nattya Goshti honoured former cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor with Syed Mohidul Islam Padak and Indian troupe Anami Theatre Centre staged Ar Ekti Premer Galpa at National Theatre Hall of the academy.
Theatre Art Unit will stage Sutay Sutay Hannah O Shapla today at the festival.
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