Natyadhara celebrates 27th founding anniversary

Three-day theatre festival under way at Shilpakala

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:56, Nov 29,2019


Reza Arif receives ‘Tanushree Padak 2019’, conferred by Natyadhara, at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Theatre troupe Natyadhara is celebrating its 27th founding anniversary through organising a three-day theatre festival at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The festival commenced on Thursday with conferring of Tanushree Padak and show of a pala ‘Ujan Bhaital Konya’.

A total of 27 renowned theatre activists from 27 troupes inaugurated the festival in the afternoon.

Natyadhara presented ‘Tanushree Padak 2019’ to theatre activist Reza Arif at the awards ceremony held at the Experimental Theatre Hall.

Natyadhara introduced Tanushree Padak in 2001 in memory of its late member Tanushree Gayen, who passed away in the same year.

Kabirul Islam Ratan and dance troupe Nrityalok paid tribute to Tanushree Gayen performing ‘Tanushree Bandana’.

Reza Arif received a crest, cash prize of Tk 15,000 and an Uttaria.

Arif, an associate professor of department of drama and dramatics at Jahangirnagar University, founded theatre troupe Arshinagar in 2012.

He has directed a number of theatre productions including ‘Rahu Chandaler Har’, ‘Se Rate Purnima Chhilo’, ‘Swarna Boyal’, ‘Makrosha’ and others.

Thespian and honorary president of International Theatre Institute Ramendu Majumdar was present as the chief guest at the programme where chairperson of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Lucky Enam, secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Kamal Bayezid and CEO of Anjan’s Shahin Ahmed were present as special guests.

Indian theatre activists Tapas Banerjee and Debashish Dutta were also present at the programme, presided over by Natyadhara chief Masud Parvez Miju.

Following the awards ceremony, theatre troupe Samatath Natyadal staged a pala named ‘Ujan Bhaital Konya’.

On Friday, Indian theatre troupe Ifta staged two shows of ‘Dear Papa’ at the same venue.

The festival will end today with the show of Natyadhara’s play Charlie.

Dr Afsar Ahmed will deliver closing speech at the concluding day’s programme, presided over by president of Bangladesh Path Natak Parishad Mannan Hira.

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