Artistes from Dinajpur Shilpakala Academy staged a Palatia, a traditional theatre form, on Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy premises on the tenth day of Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020 on Sunday.
The production portrayed social anomalies prevalent in rural areas like dowry, money lenders exploiting the poor by charging high interest rates, as well as rural agriculture, rustic life and others.
Artistes narrated the story following the traditional pala style. The production featured songs, dialogues and instrumental recitals. It has been written and directed by Mangulu Chandra Roy.
In the production, the instrumentalists played musical instruments sitting at the middle of the stage and artistes enacted different characters circling the musicians.
Artistes namely Mangulu Chandra Roy, Sumon Chandra Roy, Karuna Chandra Roy, Babu Ram Roy, Nitya Chandra Roy, Biresh Chandra Roy and Kartik Chandra Roy, among others, acted in the production. They were accompanied by Asharu Chandra Roy, Hara Kumar Roy, Dhiman and Probhat on traditional musical instruments.
‘Palatia is a Dinajpur-based traditional theatre form. It is presented like palas. Traditional palas, which were once popular across the country, are disappearing slowly. Steps should be taken to promote these traditional theatre forms among the younger generations. I hope Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will organise programmes regularly to promote palas,’ Tito Dewan, a Dinajpur-based Palatia artiste, told New Age.
Besides, artistes from Madaripur, Rangpur and Pabna districts entertained the audience performing songs, dances, recitations and others at the venue on Sunday.
Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020 began on January 3. It is featuring performances by artistes from 64 districts of the country. The 21-day festival will end on January 23.
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