A five-day IDLC Theatre Festival organised by IDLC Finance Limited began on Tuesday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy with shows of two plays.
Dhaka University’s theatre and performance studies department staged an adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s play The Lower Depths at Experimental Theatre Hall, while Prangonemor staged its recent play Hasonjaner Raja, based on the life of mystic bard Hason Raja, at the National Theatre Hall on the opening day of the festival, which is featuring ten popular plays.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival as the chief guest at National Theatre Hall. IDLC CEO and managing director Arif Khan and Bitopi managing director Sarah Ali were also present at the event.
‘It is very encouraging to see that a corporate organisation has come forward to organise a theatre festival. It will be great if our local theatre scene and troupes receive support from different corporate organisations’, said Asaduzzaman Noor.
IDLC CEO and managing director Arif Khan said that IDLC will organise the theatre festival annually to give the local theatre scene a boost.
‘Theatre in the country has indeed come a long way. Theatre, a powerful medium of entertainment and education, do not receive much support from corporate organisations. We hope to support the local theatre scene by organising the theatre festival annually’, said Arif Khan.
Dance artistes of Sadhona entertained the audience presenting a colourful dance recital. Following which, DU theatre and performance studies department staged The Lower Depths at the venue.
On the second day of the festival, Palakar staged Banglar Mati Banglar Jol, which depicts Nobel Laureaute poet Rabindranath Tagore’s fascination with the then East Bengal, at National Theatre Hall and Padatik Natya Sangsad staged its autobiographical play Trial of Surya Sen, featuring the life of revolutionary Surya Sen, at Experimental Theatre Hall.
Today, Dhaka Theatre will stage Panchanari Akkhyan at National Theatre hall and Bot Tola will stage Crutch-er Colonel at Experimental Theatre hall.
The last two days of the festival will feature Mukti by Theatre, The Alchemist by drama and dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University, Open Couple by Nagarik Natya Sampraday and Circus Circus by Prachyanat.
The festival will also honour four thespian couples on the closing day of the festival. The couples are Aly Zaker and Sara Zaker, Ramendu Majumdar and Ferdausi Majumdar, Nasiruddin Yousuff and Shimul Yusuf, Dr Enamul Haque and Lucky Enam.