More corporate support can help boost local theatre and make the scene vibrant, said theatre practitioners at the closing ceremony of five-day IDLC theatre festival held on Saturday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Thespian couples Ramendu Majumdar and Ferdausi Majumdar, Aly Zaker and Sara Zaker, Dr Enamul Haque and Lucky Enam were present at the programme.
IDLC Finance Limited organised the theatre festival titled ‘IDLC Natya Utsab 2018’ to promote local theatre scene.
IDLC honouned the thespian couples along with Nasiruddin Yousuff and Shimul Yousuf, who could not attend the programme, for their contribution to country’s theatre scene at the closing ceremony. The thespian couples received honourary crests and uttariya from the programme’s chief guest national professor Dr Anisuzzaman. On behalf of Nasiruddin Yousuff and Shimul Yousuf, Esha Yousuf received their crest.
After receiving the honourary awards, the thespians said that corporate houses should come forward to help local theatre scene. They also thanked IDLC for organising such a festival which attracted new audiences in large numbers.
‘We can see highly subsidised theatre in foreign countries. However, the support our local theatre scene receives from the government is not adequate. It will be great if corporate houses lend a helping hand to local theatre scene as part of their corporate social responsibility activities’, said Ramendu Majumdar.
‘Besides organising theatre festivals, corporate houses can also help theatre troupes bring new productions on stage’, added Majumdar.
‘Our theatre scene, which has come a long way after the liberation war, is currently suffering due to lack of patronisation. Both government and corporate patronisation can help revive the scene’, said Lucky Enam.
Thespian Aly Zaker also praised IDLC’s initiative to hold a theatre festival saying, ‘the local theatre scene should receive more support from corporate sector’.
The five-day IDLC Theatre Festival, which was held from September 4- 8, featured 10 plays by the same number of troupes.
Troupes like Theatre, Nagarik Natya Sampraday, Dhaka Theatre, Padatik Natya Sangsad, Palakar, BotTola, Prachyanat, Prangonemor, Dhaka University’s theatre and performance studies department and Jahangirnagar University’s drama and dramatics department staged their plays Mukti, Open Couple, Panchanari Akkhyan, Trial of Surya Sen, Banglar Mati Banglar Jol, Crutch-er Colonel, Circus Circus, Hasonjaner Raja, The Lower Depths and The Alchemist respectively at the festival.
On the closing day two plays Open Couple and Circus Circus were staged at National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall respectively.
‘All ten shows were houseful and many new viewers, who have never been to a theatre festival earlier, came to watch the plays. We are looking forward to organise more such theatre festivals in future’, said IDLC CEO and managing director Arif Khan.