The month-long theatre festival underway at the open stage of Suhrawardy Udyan is in full swing as many visitors of the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela thronged the venue to watch theatre productions and street dramas presented by popular troupes.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, in association with Bangla Academy, has organised the festival, Ekushey Natya Mela, for third consecutive year near the venue of the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela as an additional attraction of the book fair marking the language movement.
On Thursday, this reporter found many people were watching performances by Prangonemor and Kheyali Natyagoshthi.
Prangonemor staged a full-fledged theatre production titled ‘Bibadi Sargam’ while Kheyali Natyagoshthi staged a street drama Raktakta Phalgun.
Raktakta Phalgun, written and directed by AK Kabir, glorifies the gallantry of the language movement martyrs, who embraced death demanding dignity of mother tongue.
Prangonemor’s production Bibadi Sargam, written and directed by Shishir Rahman, on the other hand, glorifies the activities of the anti-British revolutionaries during the colonial period depicting stories of three martyrs named Binay, Badal and Dinesh.
Sharing his feelings of watching plays at the open stage in the garden, Abidur Reza, an audience member, said, ‘I came at the book fair and found this festival. It is a pleasant surprise for me and I enjoyed the show.’
‘I have watched both of the plays and found them interesting. I thank the organisers for arranging such a festival near the venue of Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela,’ said Shamima Jahan.
The festival featuring 54 plays will continue till February 28. Since its opening on February 1, so far 30 troupes staged plays and street dramas on various topics, the organisers said.
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