Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC celebrates founding anniv

Rakib Hasan | Published: 23:19, Jan 23,2021


Guests and organisers light candles marking the 43rd founding anniversary of theatre troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday. — Sony Ramany

Renowned theatre troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC celebrated its 43rd founding anniversary organising a programme at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.

The programme featured discussion and shows of its plays Gahanjatra and Macbeth.

Theatre activist Lucky Enam, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation secretary general Kamal Bayazid, Bangladesh Path Natak Parishad general secretary Ahmed Gias, Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC founding member journalist Kazi Rofiq, Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC general secretary Mominul Haque Dipu and the troupe’s vice-president Syed Ishtiaq Hossain Tito, among others, were present at the event.

Guests and organisers commenced the programme lighting candles. They also cut a cake at the event.

Following which, a short discussion was held at the venue.

‘In 1978, a number of Dhaka University students and former members of Kalantar Natyagosthi including SM Solaiman, Anisuzzaman Manik, Abul Kashem Dulal, Abu Mohammad Murtaysh Kachi, Quamrul Hassan Swapan, Ulfat Rana, Selim S H Chowdhury and Ghulam Quddus founded the troupe with the aim of promoting theatre practices among people. We are celebrating the troupe’s 43rd founding anniversary by staging our two famous plays Gahanjatra and Macbeth,’ Kazi Rofiq, founding member of the troupe, told New Age.

‘It is not easy to practice theatre in Bangladesh. I congratulate Padatik for successfully completing 43 years. Besides, I want to thank theatre lovers for supporting the troupe. I wish Padatik all the best in its future endeavours,’ said Lucky Enam.

‘Padatik has been playing an important role in popularising theatre practices in the country. It has produced many theatre activists who are representing our country across the globe. Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation will continue to stand beside the troupe,’ said Kamal Bayazid.

‘Padatik was founded by a group of leading theatre activists of the country. The troupe has produced a number of acclaimed plays including Maxim Gorky’s Maa. It has also produced popular street plays. I congratulate Padatik for successfully completing 43 years,’ said Ahmed Gias.

Following the discussion, the troupe staged Gahanjatra and Macbeth.

Gahanjatra has been written by Rubayet Ahmed and directed by Sudip Chakraborty. It is the 39th production of the troupe.

Macbeth, based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy in the same title, has been translated by the late eminent poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq and directed by Sudip Chakraborty. The troupe staged the 50th show Macbeth at the event.

Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC began its journey on January 21, 1978. The troupe premiered 26 plays and has 17 street plays till date.

The troupe has produced popular plays namely Shojon Badiar Ghat, Tin Rostomer Gappa, Manashar Pala, Maa, Chandrabati, Shey, Khetmajur Khaimuddin, Poramati, Jal Balika and others.

It has also produced street plays including Khepa Paglar Pechal, Ajker Sangbad, Bhulini Ekattar, Bishwa Behaiar  Parikalpana, Chor, Ekhono kalo Megh, Machine, Raja Canute and Sari Sari Lash.

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