A week-long monodrama festival featuring seven acclaimed monodramas will begin today at Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.
Bangladesh Mahila Samity, in association with Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, has organised the festival to promote monodrama, a specific theatre genre that features one-actor performance.
Thespian Ferdousi Majumdar, who is also credited for popularising monodrama through her acclaimed acting in Kokilara, will inaugurate the festival.
Moulvibazar-based Manipuri Theatre will stage its acclaimed monodrama Kohe Birangana today. Adapted from Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s Birangona Kabya by Shubhashish Sinha, who has also directed the play, Kohe Birangana depicts the agony and courage of four female characters of The Mahabharata, including Shakuntala, Draupadi, Dushala and Jona – portrayed through illustrations of their letters to their husbands.
Dhaka Theatre will stage Panchanari Akkhyan on the second day of the festival. The play, written and directed by Harun Rashid and Shahiduzzaman Selim respectively, narrates the agony, oppression and struggle which a woman endures in male dominated society.
Dhrupadi Acting Space will stage Novera on the third day. The play is based on Hasnat Abdul Hye’s novel with the same title and is directed by Sajjad Rajib. It follows the life of late eminent sculptor Novera Ahmed from her early years to death.
The next four days of the festival will feature Ami by Bangladesh Theatre, Helen Keller by Swapnadal, Biranganar Boyan by Shabdo Natyacharcha Kendra and Amar Ami by Nandimukh.
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