Theatre troupe Mohakal Natya Sampraday is celebrating its 36th founding anniversary through a yearlong celebration programme which kicked off with a theatre festival on Tuesday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The five-day festival, titled ‘Dhaka-Delhi Theatre Festival’, commenced with a show of local troupe Natyateertha’s play Kangkal.
Earlier, information secretary Abdul Malek inaugurated the festival, in presence of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Ghulam Quddus, Mohakal Natya Sampraday founder Afzal Hossain and its president Mir Zahid Hasan.
‘We are going to organise a number of events and festivals all year round marking the 36th founding anniversary of our troupe,’ said Mir Zahid Hasan.
Following the inauguration ceremony, Natyateertha staged Kangkal, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s short story. Adapted by Rabiul Islam and directed by Tapan Hafiz, the play revolves around a dreamlike conversation between a youth named Khoka Babu and the phantom of a young lady named Kanakchapa.
The phantom, responding to a request by Khoka Babu, begins to tell the story of her life and how she ended up being a skeleton for the study of osteology.
On the second day of the festival, Mohakal Natya Sampraday staged its recent production Srabon Tragedy. Written by Anan Zaman and directed by Ashiq Rahman Leeon, the play depicts the horrible tragedy which took place during the last days of the Bangla month Sraban, August 15, in 1975 when the founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family members were killed.
The experimental play presents the tragedy in a narrative style, where a narrator unfolds the story and introduces the actions on stage.
Political and military leaders of the newly-independent Bangladesh like Tajuddin Ahmed, Ziaur Rahman, Khondaker Mushtaq Ahmed, Colonel Faruq, Taheruddin Tahkur and many others appear as real-life characters in the play.
Delhi-based troupe Living Opera Theatre staged Nachania Ek Premkotha on Thursday. Local troupe Loko Natyadal will stage Kanjush today and Theatre will stage Payer Awaz Pawa Jay on Saturday.
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