The 11th ‘Prangonemor Dui Banglar Natyamela 2019’, a nine-day international theatre festival organised by theatre troupe Prangonemor, began at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy on Friday.
Thespian Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival while state minister of cultural affairs KM Khalid attended the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest.
Secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Kamal Bayezid, Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das, Indian thespian Prakash Bhattacharya and director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky were present as the special guests at the programme.
‘Bangladesh and India share cultural similarities. Such international theatre festivals provide a platform for theatre activists of both countries to exchange ideas and learn from each other,’ said KM Khalid.
Prangonemor artistes welcomed the guests with flowers and performed songs like Purbo digonte shurjo utheche, Ami Banglay gaan gai, Tir hara ei dheuer shagor, Mago bhabna keno, Amar shonar bangla and others.
A total of nine theatre troupes, four from India and five from Bangladesh, are participating in the festival.
Indian theatre troupe Kolkata Praxis staged its play ‘Art’ at National Theatre Hall on Friday.
The play has been directed by Indian actor-director Gautam Sarkar. It revolves around three friends who believe in different ideologies.
Anirban Chakraborty, Satrajit Sarkar and Goutam Sarkar acted in the play.
Indian theatre troupe Nandipat theatre staged ‘Abritto’ at the festival on Saturday.
Today, the festival will feature Prangonemor’s play ‘Hasonjaner Raja’.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Theatre