Theatre troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad has cancelled the tenth ‘Syed Badruddin Hossain Smrity Natyautsab’ in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
The troupe has been organising the festival annually since 2010 from April 6-11 as a tribute to its late president Syed Badruddin Hossain, who served as Padatik’s president till his death in 2009.
Padatik’s president Syed Tasmin Hossain, vice-president Syed Ishtiaq Hossain Tito, general secretary Mominul Haque Dipu and others took the decision of cancelling the festival through an online conference.
Shakhawat Hossain Shimul, communication secretary of Padatik Natya Sangsad, confirmed the matter to New Age.
‘As in the previous years, we were prepared to organise the festival, however, on March 26 we decided to cancel the event,’ Shakhawat Hossain Shimul told New Age.
He also mentioned, ‘A total of 22 local troupes and 5 Indian troupes were scheduled to participate in this year’s festival. Besides, we wanted to premiere a new play at the event but we could not rehearse for it as Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy shut down its halls, galleries and auditoriums from March 17 in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.’
‘We wanted to organise the festival in a smaller scale but had to cancel it following the government’s directive to avoide mass gatherings,’ uttered Syed Tito.
Besides plays, Syed Badruddin Hossain Smrity Natyautsab features awards ceremony where the troupe honours two thespians with Syed Badruddin Hossain Memorial Award.
Last year Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and thespian Golam Sarwar received the award for their contributions to theatre arena at the inaugural ceremony of the festival, which was held at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
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