Street theatre fest attracts large audience

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 06,2019


A troupe stages a street play at Central Shaheed Minar. — Abdullah Apu

People from all walks of life are thronging the Central Shaheed Minar on Dhaka University campus every day to enjoy street plays by troupes participating in the weeklong street theatre festival titled ‘Bangladesh Path Natok Utsab-2019’.
On Monday, the fourth day of the festival organised by Bangladesh Path Natok Parishad, seven troupes staged plays at Central Shaheed Minar.
Sayestaganj Theatre staged Madan Ekhon Remande, Gazipur-based Muktamancha Natyadal staged Adam Test, Natyadhara staged Tik Tok, Chandrakala Theatre staged Attoporichoyer Sandhane, Swattik Natya Sampraday staged Atopor Tahara, Bangla Natya Dal staged Britto and Tejgoan College Theatre Staged Parta Apatra.
Muktamancha Natyadal’s Adam Test, written by Masum Reza and directed by Khurshed Alam Rubel, depicts how the students are getting into extremism.
Topu Mallik, Mominul Islam, Reja Ahmed, Abu Taher and Ibrahim Khalil acted in the play.
Bangla Natya Dal’s Britto, written by Nasir Ahmed Durjoy and directed by H M Shahiduzzaman, explores why people struggle when making decisions.
Afsana Akter, Suborna Mir, Liton Khan, Mizan Rahman and others acted in the play.
Chandrakala Theatre premiered its liberation war-based play titled ‘Attoporichoyer Sandhane’. The play has been written and directed by H R Anik.
H R Anik, Sharin Jahan Nishi, Khalid Hasan Saikat and others acted in the play.
‘People from all walks of life are coming to the festival to enjoy street plays. We are really happy with the turnout,’ Mizanur Rahman, convener of the festival and vice president of Bangladesh Path Natok Parishad, told New Age.
‘My house is adjacent to the venue. I come here everyday to enjoy the plays with my friends,’ Pavel Hasan, an audience member, told New Age.
The festival was inaugurated by former cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor on Friday, while Sommilito Sanskritik Jote president Ghulam Kuddus, thespians Lucky Enam and M Hamid, recitation artiste Ahkam Ullah and others were present as guests at the programme presided over by Bangladesh Path Natok Parishad president Mannan Hira.
Forty-eight troupes from across the country are participating in the ongoing festival, which will end on March 7.

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