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Monodrama fest in full swing

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 05,2019

 
 
A scene from Novera

A scene from Novera — Ali Hossain Mintu

Weeklong monodrama festival featuring seven monodramas by the same number of troupes are going on in full swing at Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
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 credited for popularising monodrama through her acclaimed acting in Kokilara, inaugurated the festival on Friday.
On Sunday, Drupadi Acting Space staged its acclaimed production Novera to a packed audience. Featuring the life and works of late eminent sculptor of international repute Novera Ahmed, the play is based on Hasnat Abdul Hye’s novel Novera and directed by Sajjad Rajib.
The monodrama, like Hye’s novel, follows Novera from her early years to death. Samiun Jahan Dola, playing the role of Novera, recounts the sculptor’s life in the first-person narrative, highlighting major events of the sculptor’s eventful life.
But the underlying theme that Dola carried into the drama and brought about excellently through her acting is how Novera made the sky her limit and how society often reacted to her aspirations.
The hour-long drama centres round Novera’s dream of becoming a sculptor overcoming the hurdles that came her way. The drama also recounts Novera’s personal life that had many shades and hues.
On Monday, Bangladesh Theatre staged Ami. Written by Mahbub Alam and directed Irin Parvin Lopa, the play features the struggles of an artiste, who wants to remain true to his passion and commitment. Khandakar Shah Alam acted in the monodrama.
Today, theatre troupe Swapnadal will stage Helen Keller, while the last two days of the festival will have shows of Shabdo Natyacharcha Kendra’s Biranganar Boyan and Nandimukh’s Amar Ami respectively.

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