Curtain falls on Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 22,2019


A scene from Mayur Singhasan. — Ali Hossain Mintu

The ten-day Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival 2019 ended on Sunday with the staging of four plays at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Mahila Samity.

Three plays were staged at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Aranyak Natyadal staged its acclaimed production Mayur Singhasan at National Theatre Hall, Shomoy Natyadal staged Bhager Manush at Experimental Theatre Hall and Theatre 52 staged Nonon Purer Melay Ekjon Komola Shundori O Ekti Bagh Ashey at Studio Theatre Hall.

Besides, theatre troupe Theatron staged Sichuan-er Shukonya at Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.

The closing ceremony was held at National Theatre Hall where honorary president of International Theatre Institute Ramendu Majumdar was present as the chief guest.

Bangladesh Dance Artistes Association president Minu Haque, thespians Keramat Moula, Jhuna Chowdhury and Ahmed Gias, among others, were present as special guests at the closing ceremony, presided over by convener of the festival and president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote Ghulam Quddus.

‘This year’s festival not only featured a number of quality plays but also attracted a huge audience. The festival organisers should not compromise with quality when selecting plays. Besides, the organisers must see to it that foreign troupes can participate in the event easily,’ said Ramendu Majumdar.

‘This festival is a big platform for both local and international cultural activists. Besides theatre, the event also featured music and dance, which the audience found entertaining,’ said Minu Haque.

‘Cultural activities can have a positive impact on the younger generation. I hope the future editions of the festival will draw more audience,’ said Keramat Moula.

‘The festival creates a bridge between cultural activists and theatre troupes of both Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. This year’s event featured music and dance for the first time. We will try to organise the festival at different districts of the country in future,’ said Ghulam Quddus.

Ganga-Jamuna Sangskritik Parishad with the support of cultural affairs ministry, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and India-Bangladesh Foundation arranged the eighth Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Mahila Samity from October 11-20.

A total of 36 theatre troupes from Bangladesh and 4 theatre troupes from India staged plays at the event. Besides, the festival featured performances by 19 music troupes, 15 recitation troupes, 7 dance troupes, 3 mime troupes and others.

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