The five-day IDLC Natya Utsab 2019 featuring plays by local troupes commenced at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.
The festival has been organised by IDLC Finance Limited for second consecutive year.
A total of 10 theatre troupes namely Dhaka University theatre and performance studies department, Natyachakra, Tarua, Nagarik Natyangan, Dhaka Padatik, Padatik Natya Sangsad, Shabda Natya Charcha Kendra, Samay Natyadal, Dhaka Theatre, Arshinagar and Theatre are participating in the festival being held at National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The festival is featuring two plays daily. Dhaka University theatre and performance studies department and Natyachakra staged plays at the festival on the opening day.
Cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival as the chief guest, while International Theatre Institute honorary president Ramendu Majumder was present as special guest.
The inaugural ceremony was presided over by IDLC CEO and managing director Arif Khan.
‘Theatre plays an important role in promoting culture and tradition. It is very encouraging to see that a corporate organisation has come forward to arrange a theatre festival,’ said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘Theatre portrays social anomalies and helps in human development. I thank IDLC for organising theatre festivals,’ said Ramendu Majumder.
‘Theatre is a powerful medium. We organised the festival for promoting our rich history and culture among the younger generation. It also provides an important platform for our local theatre troupes,’ said Arif Khan.
Following the inaugural ceremony, eminent dance artiste Rachel Priyanka Perris performed Gaudiya dance at the venue.
DU theatre and performance studies department students staged Roshpuran at Experimental Theatre Hall of the academy.
The play has been written and directed by Dr Ahmedul Kabir.
Besides, theatre troupe Natyachakra staged Bhoddornok at National Theatre Hall of BSA.
The play, directed by Golam Sarwar, is an adapted of French actor-director and writer Moliere’s play titled ‘The Bourgeois Gentleman’.
On Wednesday, Theatre troupe Taura staged Let Me Out and Nagarik Natyangan staged Gahar Badsha O Banechha Pori.
Today, Dhaka Padatik will stage Paicho Chorer Kichha and Shabda Natya Charcha Kendra will stage Champabati.
The festival will end on November 23.
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