The ‘14th Central Annual Theatre Festival’ organised by theatre and performance studies department of Dhaka University kicked off at TSC auditorium on Sunday.
A total of 17 plays directed and acted by the teachers and final year students of the department will be staged at two venues namely TSC auditorium and Nat-Mandal on Dhaka University campus during the festival, which also marks the silver jubilee of theatre and performance studies department.
Professor Kazi Shahidullah, chairman of the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, inaugurated the festival as the chief guest.
Dhaka University pro-vice-chancellor Professor Muhammad Samad and DU arts faculty dean Professor Abu Mohammad Delwar Hossain were present as special guests at the programme, presided over by chairman of DU theatre and performance studies department Ahmedul Kabir.
‘Theatre and music department began its journey in 1994. This festival brings together both former and present students of the department. I thank all faculty members and students, who have worked hard for organising this festival,’ said Ahmedul Kabir.
‘Theatre has the power to change the society. DU theatre and performance studies department has made significant contribution to theatre and performance art scene,’ said Abu Mohammad Delwar Hossain.
Following the inaugural ceremony, students of the department staged late eminent playwright Munier Choudhury’s play ‘Ektala Dotala’ at the venue.
The play, directed by Fariz Khan, revolves around the life of a young bachelor named Bashir.
Abtahi Sadman Fahim, Jaya Ksta, Pran Krisno Banik, Moumita Sharkr and Md. Wali Hosain Emdad acted in the play.
Following which, students staged late playwright Zahir Raihan’s play ‘Ekusher Galpa’ directed by Sayed Al Mahade Hasan.
The play ‘Ekusher Galpa’ is based on the Language Movement of 1952.
Farzea Haque Farin, Mahi Uddin Chaudhury, Tariqul Shardar, Tahia Tahsin, Mahiuddin Hawladar and Salma Nure acted in the play.
Two plays, namely ‘Mrityu Asey Chhoddobeshey’ and ‘His Luck’, were staged at the festival on Monday.
Today, the festival will feature the plays ‘Blood Telegram’ and ‘Kabi O Shamrat’.
Besides, the theatre and performance studies department will honour nine of its faculty members with special awards.
The department will honour Syed Jamil Ahmed, Mridul Kanti Chakrabarty (posthumously), Wahida Mallik, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, Israfil Shahin, Nilufar Yesmin (posthumously), Rahmat Ali, Aklima Islam and Shahnaz Nasir on the concluding day of the festival.
The festival will end on December 10.
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