Notuner Utsab 2019 ends

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 07,2019


A scene from ‘Lottery’. — Abdullah Apu

Nagorik Natya Sampradaya’s seven-day theatre festival ‘Notuner Utsab 2019’ ended on Thursday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The concluding day of the festival featured a closing ceremony and premiere show of the play ‘Lottery’ by Mangaldeep Foundation.

The closing ceremony commenced with a group dance recital presented by artistes of Kendriyo Kochi Kachar Mela.

Nagorik Natya Sampradaya honoured thespians Ferdausi Majumdar, Jyotsna Biswas, Lucky Enam and Shimul Yousuf for their contribution to country’s theatre scene at the programme, presided over by renowned actor and vice president of Nagorik Natya Sampradaya Abul Hayat.

Besides, noted actor Tariq Anam Khan, theatre critic Professor Abdus Selim and actor-scriptwriter-director Pantha Shahriar, among others, were present at the event.

Convenor of ‘Notuner Utsab 2019’ and vice chairman of Nagorik Natya Sampradaya Sara Zaker could not attend the closing ceremony due to some unavoidable circumstances.

Pantha Shahriar delivered the welcome speech on the behalf of Sara Zaker at the programme.

‘The festival by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya provides a platform for young theatre directors, playwrights and artistes. I would like to thank everyone including the cultural affairs ministry and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy for their support. The festival was a success due to your support,’ said Pantha Shahriar.

‘It gives us great joy to honour Ferdausi Majumdar, Jyotsna Biswas, Lucky Enam and Shimul Yousuf, who have made significant contribution to the country’s theatre scene,’ said Abul Hayat.

The organisers handed over crests to Ferdausi Majumdar, Jyotsna Biswas, Lucky Enam and Shimul Yousuf at the programme.

Besides, Nagorik Natya Sampradaya announced financial assistance to cleaner at Bangladesh Mahila Samity Sheikh Samuddin Shajahan and ailing recitation artiste Md Fakrul Islam, each will receive Tk 1,00,000. 

Artistes of dance troupe Spandan presented a group dance recital synchronised with the song Aha ki anondo akashe batashe to delight the audience.

Following the closing ceremony, Mangaldeep Foundation staged the premiere show of ‘Lottery’. The play, directed by Mostafiz Shahin, was staged by visually impaired actors. Sara Zaker served as dramaturge on the production.

‘Lottery’ portrays contemporary issues. The central character of the play is Mahbub Hossain, who hails from lower middle class family.

Mahbub Hossain becomes the target of fraud scammers who tell him that he has won tk 1 crore in the lottery.

Things take a turn when Mahbub’s only son, who is visually impaired, accidentally gets kidnapped by a group that mistook him for someone else.

Rahul, Lipi, Rupam, Sakib, Shawkat, Arif, Tammana and others acted in the play.

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