Noted traditional artiste Islamuddin Kissakar is set to hit the stage of Dhaka International Folk Festival on Saturday to present a kissa performance titled ‘Utala Sundori.’
The Kishoreganj-based artiste, who trained himself as a palakar and has his own troupe, will present the traditional performing art piece through a mix of storytelling, acting and singing.
While talking to New Age, Islamuddin shared his plan about today’s performance.
‘Utala Sundori is a kissa (tale) based on the romantic affair between Sonahor Badsha and Utala Sundori. This is not a typical they-fall-in-love-and-live-happily-ever-after kind of story, rather there are twists and turns,’ he said.
The 40-minute piece will reacquaint the urban audience with one of the enduring performing arts that have been popular across the country for centuries, he added.
Beginning his career as an actor in traditional palas, Islamuddin switched to singing and went on to form a troupe of his own. In the last two and a half decades, he revitalised the age-old art form through his performances across the country.
‘Palagaan and kissa are popular in the rural areas even to this day. I hope the urban audience will like this kind of art forms,’ said the artiste, who has also performed abroad.
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