Notuner Utsab 2019 opens

Theatre fest to premiere seven plays

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 01,2019

 
 

A scene from ‘Kalo Joler Kabyo’. — Abdullah Apu

A seven-day theatre festival titled ‘Notuner Utsab 2019’ featuring new plays by seven theatre troupes commenced at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.

Theatre troupe Nagorik Natya Sampradaya has organised the festival with the support of cultural affairs ministry where Nagorik Natya Sampradaya, Sunamgonj Proscenium O Bandhan Theatre, Nagarik Natyangan Bangladesh, Porishor, Prachyanat, Monipur Theatre and Mangaldeep Foundation will stage plays.

The plays have been selected by a jury board consisting of Tariq Anam Khan, Professor Abdus Selim and senior members of Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.

State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the festival held on Friday.

Honorary president of International Theatre Institute Ramendu Majumdar, renowned thespian Mamunur Rashid, thespian-filmmaker Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky were present as special guests.

Convener of the festival and Nagorik Natya Sampradaya vice president Sara Zaker delivered the welcome speech at the programme, presided over by thespian Ataur Rahman.

‘I am speechless on seeing the audience turnout on the opening day of the festival. It is a matter of great joy that so many people are showing interest in cultural activities these days. Nagorik Natya Sampradaya is a leading theatre troupe of the country. I wish the troupe all the best,’ said Ramendu Majumdar.

‘Theatre both entertains and educates the mass people. Plays play an important role in raising awareness against social anomalies by portraying truth,’ said Ataur Rahman.

‘Nagorik Natya Sampradaya wants to promote young theatre activists. This festival provides a big platform for younger generation,’ said Sara Zaker.

Following the inaugural ceremony, Nagorik Natya Sampradaya premiered its 47th production ‘Kalo Joler Kabyo’ at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The play, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, has been directed by Pantho Shahriar. The play depicts the lives and struggles of  labourers who work at a ship breaking yard.

A greedy businessman who is known to the local as Bhangari controls the workers. He also has influence over the local police.

Bhangari lends people money  and chares high interest rates.

As the play moves forward a labourer named Bashar finds a woman named Poddo inside a box in a ship. Bhangari starts taking care of Poddo.

Meanwhile, Bashar falls in love with Poddo. He tells his close friend Entaj about his feelings.

Entaj tries to help Bashar. He borrows money from Bhangari, who gives money on the condition that Entaj will have to cut one kilogram of flesh from his chest if he fails to repay the loan in time.

A wonderful combination of acting, music and ambiance kept the audience hooked throughout the play.

Asaduzzaman Noor, Aupee Karim, Mahfuz Rizvi, Faruk Ahme, Wahiduzzaman Mithun, Mustafiz Shahin, Shimul Saiful and others acted in the play.

Sunamgonj Proscenium O Bandhan Theatre premiered its production ‘Radharaman’ on Saturday at the festival.

The festival will feature Nagorik Natyangan Bangladesh’s new play ‘Akashey Phuitechhe Phul-Leto Kahon’ today.

The festival will end on December 5.

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