Bangla Natya Utsab begins at Shilpakala Academy

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 23,2019


Guests inaugurate 10-day ‘Bangla Natya Utsab’ by lighting candles at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday. — Abdullah Apu

A 10-day theatre festival titled ‘Bangla Natya Utsab’ began at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.

To mark the 36th founding anniversary, theatre troupe Mohakal Natya Samproday has organised the event with the support of cultural affairs ministry of Bangladesh where 26 Bangladeshi troupes and five Indian troupes will stage 31 plays in different venues of the capital.

Thespians Ramendu Majumdar and Ataur Rahman along with the chief whip of Tripura Legislative Assembly Kalyani Roy have jointly inaugurated the event by lighting candles.

State minister for cultural affairs K M Khalid was present at the inauguration ceremony as the chief guest. President of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote Ghulam Quddus and secretary general of Group Theatre Federation Bangladesh Kalam Bayezid were also present as special guests. The former president of the troupe Mohakal Natya Samproday, Afzal Hossain, presided over the event.

Senior member of Mohakal Natya Samproday Mir Nahid Ahsan hosted the programme. President of the troupe Mir Zahid Hasan delivered the welcome speech. Convener of the event Kabir Ahamed also shared few words to the audience.

‘We have successfully passed over three decades in the arena. We observed our 36th founding anniversary on July 14 this year. Since then we have organised different theatre events. We will end the celebration through the Bangla Nayta Utsab. I think this will be the cultural nexus of Bangladesh and our neighboring country India. Audience and theatre enthusiasts will get a chance to know the aesthetic way of theatre production of the two counties,’ said Mir Zahid Hasan while talking about the plan behind arranging the event.

‘Cultural affairs ministry is always ready to give the necessary patronage to all cultural organisations throughout the country so that they can spread cultural practices even in the rural level,’ said K M Khalid in his speech.

After the inauguration ceremony Mohakal Natya Sampraday staged their 40th production Sraban Tragedy depicting the assassination of the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the National Theatre Hall.

The play is written by Anan Zaman and directed by Ashiq Rahman Leeon.

The play is based on the incident of what happened on August 15. It starts with the planning of the affair on the night of August 14, 1975. In this dark night, army personnel’s gather to weave the conspiracy to assassinate Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

They march forward to Dhanmondi, Road 32, where Sheikh Mujibur Rahman lives with his family.

The play narrates the biography of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his family and his political career in fragmentary flashback scenes.

Around 40 artistes including Mir Zahid Hasan, Mir Nahid Ahsan, Kabir Ahmed, Faruq Ahmed Sentu, Poly Biswas, Samiul Jiban, Sumaiya Taiyum Nisha, Piyasi Jahan, Arafat Ashraf, and others act in the play.  

Theatre troupe Natyachakra staged monodrama Eka Ek Nari at the Experimental Theatre Hall on Monday.

The play is a translation of Nobel laureate Italian playwright Dario Fo and his actress-playwright wife Franca Rame’s play, A Woman Alone, which is translated by Abdus Selim and directed by Debaprosad Debnath.

Acclaimed actress Tonima Hamid acted in the monodrama where she depicted the disturbing and touching tale of Maria who is going through an oppressed domestic life.

Theatre troupe Batikrom Natya Goshti staged their 46th production titled ‘Takshak’at the Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.

The play is written by Manoj Mitra and directed by Saiful Islam Shohag. It revolves around the story of the mythological king Pariksit of Hastina kingdom and his journey of self-discovery.

Saiful Islam Shohag, Tarikul Islam Tarek, Imran Khan Araf and Sajjad acted in the play.

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