Bottala Rangamela 2019 begins

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 18,2019 | Updated: 21:31, Nov 17,2019


Guests and organisers pose for a photo at the inaugural ceremony of ‘Bottala Rangamela 2019’ at Liberation War Museum in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka on Saturday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

An eleven-day international theatre festival titled ‘Bottala Rangamela 2019’ commenced on Saturday at the Liberation War Museum at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital.

Bottala has organised the festival in association with cultural affairs ministry where troupes from Bangladesh, India, Iran, Spain and Nepal will stage 11 plays.

Besides, the festival also features songs, dances, performance art shows, master class, mime show, puppet theatre, art camp and documentary screenings.

Thespian Ataur Rahman inaugurated the festival. Secretary for cultural affairs ministry Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony.

Playwright Sadhona Ahmed, theatre activist Ruma Modek and Manipuri Theatre chief Shuvashish Sinha were present as special guests at the programme, presided over by CEO of Bottala Mohammad Ali Hayder.

‘International theatre festivals bring together local and foreign troupes and give the participants the opportunity to learn from each other. Such festivals can help promote theatre by drawing a large audience,’ said Ataur Rahman.

‘Bangladesh is the land of rich tradition and culture. Theatre plays an important role in spreading cultural activities among the mass people,’ said Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal.

‘We want to promote theatre among the younger generation. We thank the cultural affairs ministry for supporting us,’ said professor Shafi Ahmed, president of Bottala.

Following the inaugural ceremony, Manipuri Theatre staged its production Dhak- Kortaley Bajuk Jibon on the  premises of the Liberation War Museum and Bottala staged its acclaimed production Crutcher Colonel at the Main Hall of the museum.

Crutcher Colonel, based on Shahaduzzaman’s novel with same title, has been adapted by Soumya Sarkar and Samina Luthfa Nitra

The play, directed by Mohammad Ali Haider, portrays the life of leftist politician and one of the most decorated war heroes of the country Colonel Abu Taher.

The play begins with a military parade on stage and it soon shifts to the rehearsal room of a theatre troupe where the troupe’s members are discussing plans to stage a play on Taher.

The play ends with Colonel Taher being tried by a ‘kangaroo court’, which awards death sentence to him.

Bottala will honour eight theatre activists from across the country during the festival for their contribution to country’s theatre scene.

Eminent playwright, director and actor Mamunur Rashid will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the closing ceremony of the festival on November 26.

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