Bangladeshi and Indian theatre troupes will entertain theatre lovers at a 10-day theatre festival that begins at three venues in Dhaka today.
Theatre troupe Mohakal Nattya Samproday has organised the event titled ‘Bangla Natya Utsab’ marking its 36th founding anniversary where 26 Bangladeshi troupes and five Indian troupes will stage plays.
Thespians Ramendu Majumdar, Ataur Rahman and chief whip of Tripura Legislative Assembly Kalyani Roy are scheduled to inaugurate the festival at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today. State minister for cultural affairs K M Khalid will be present as chief guest while president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote Ghulam Quddus and Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre director Nipa Chowdhury, among others, are scheduled to attend the programme.
‘The aim of the festival is to promote Bangla plays among Bangla speaking people of both countries. Besides local troupes, five troupes from Assam, Tripura and West Bengal, India are participating in the event,’ M A Azad, member secretary of festival organising committee, told New Age.
Following the inaugural ceremony, Mohakal Nattya Samproday will stage the play Srabon Tragedy at National Theatre Hall.
Besides, local theatre troupes like Deshnatok, Prachyanat, Theatre Art Unit, Natya Chakra, Bunan Theatre, Shabdo Natya Charcha Kendra, Aranyak Natyadal, Theatre Circle, Munshiganj, Dhaka Theatre and others are participating in the festival.
Indian troupes namely Bhabical Theatre from Assam, Adong Amra Theatre Group and Raghunathganj Theatre Group from West Bengal, Shubham Natya Chakra and Learners’ Theatre from Tripura will stage plays at the event.
The plays will be staged at National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Mahila Samity and Dania Studio Theatre Hall at 7:00 pm every day till October 30.
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