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NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2020

‘Bhager Manush’, ‘Shey’ staged at Shilpakala

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:46, Feb 25,2020

 
 

Scenes from ‘Bhager Manush’,top, and ‘Shey’. — Abdullah Apu

Theatre troupes Samay Natyadal and Padatik Natya Sangsad (Bangladesh) staged ‘Bhager Manush’ and ‘Shey’ respectively at different venues of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on the 13th day of 18-day National Theatre Festival 2020 on Monday.

The festival has been organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation in collaboration with the cultural affairs ministry and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Samay Natyadal staged ‘Bhager Manush’ at National Theatre Hall. The play, directed by Aly Zaker, is an adaptation of the Urdu story ‘Toba Tek Singh’, which portrays how the partition of India impacted people’s lives. It has been adapted by Mannan Hira.

Pavel Islam, Riaz Mahmud Jewel, Akteruzzaman, Fakhrul Islam Mithu, Sonia, Rinku and Moushumi, among others, acted in the play.

Padatik Natya Sangshad (Bangladesh) staged its acclaimed play ‘Shey’ at Experimental Theatre Hall.

The play is the theatrical adaptation of Shey, a collection of short stories penned by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. It has been adapted and directed by Debashish Ghosh.

The play features stories of science and fantasy, which are told by an old man to his granddaughter. It revolves around an imaginary character named Shey who visits real and imaginary places. The director has adapted six stories from Shey.

Mariam Koli, Kamal, Mamun, Mizan, Dolly, Pavel, Foysal, Al Amin, SP Arannya, Shakil and others acted in the play.

Besides, theatre troupe Oboyob Natyadal staged its play ‘Feriwala’, which portrays the exploitation of the Santals, at Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity and theatre troupe Opera staged ‘Hat Bariya Dao’ at the open stage of Suhrawardy Udyan as part of the festival.

The National Theatre Festival 2020 is featuring performances by over 400 troupes across the country.

The festival, which began on February 12, will end on February 29.

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