‘Munier Chowdhury’ staged at Shilpakala

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 10:31pm on February 18, 2020


A scene from ‘Munier Chowdhury’. — Abdullah Apu

Theatre Angan staged its biographical play ‘Munier Chowdhury’ at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.

The play was staged on the seventh day of 18-day National Theatre Festival 2020, which commenced across the country on February 12.

The festival has been organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation in collaboration with the cultural affairs ministry and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

‘Munier Chowdhury’, written and directed by Prabir Dutt, chronicles the eventful life of the martyred scholar-playwright Munier Chowdhury and his participation in major movements in the country that took place between 1947 and 1971.

The play begins with Munier working on his seminal play ‘Kabar’, which is based on the 1952 language movement and was written within the confines of prison and staged by the inmates.

The play then moves back in time and presents the story of Munier Chowdhury’s early life – his education, marriage, teaching and so on – using a series of flashbacks.

The 1971 war of liberation, a decisive point both in Munier’s life and the history of Bangladesh, was touched upon at the beginning of the play and also towards the end of it.

Besides Munier Chowdhury, the play also features real-life characters like his wife Lily Chowdhury, younger sister Ferdausi Majumdar and writer-journalist Ranesh Dasgupta, among others.

Mahbub Amin Mithu, Sabina Akhter, Rajib Ahmed, Jannatul Ferdous, Saiful Islam Sumon and others acted in the play.

Besides, Desh Natak, Kanthashilan and Natyajoddha staged their productions at different venues in Dhaka as part of the festival on Monday.

Desh Natok staged its production Nityapuran at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The play, written and directed by Masum Reza, revolves around Ekalavya, a character from the epic Mahabharata.

The story of Ekalavya in the play Nityapuran differs from the original story in the Mahabharata.

Theatre troupe Kanthashilan staged Jadur Latim at Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.

Based on Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz’s famous novel ‘Arabian Nights and Days’, the play is written by Rafik Hariri and directed by Mir Barkat.

Rafik Hariri translated selected excerpts from ‘Arabian Nights and Days’, to make the play suitable to contemporary society and politics. Though the plot is primarily built on Arabic mythology, the play corresponds to prevailing contemporary world affairs employing both fantasy and realism.

Besides, theatre troupe Natyajoddha staged ‘Bhimroti’ at open stage of Suhrawardy Udyan.

The National Theatre Fest is featuring performances by over 400 troupes across the country. Over 30 thousand artistes will perform dramas, street plays, dance recitals, songs and others at festival venues.

The festival will end on February 29.