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Bengali Movement Theatre?s Drama Festival in Sylhet, Tea plantation workers take theatre as a tool of expression
Cultural Reporter
Publish Date : 2014-08-16,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 34
Bengali Movement Theatre has arranged a three-day stage drama festival at Deundi tea garden, Habiganj, Sylhet. Dramas titled 'Hoimonti', 'Ekti Ashare Golpo' and 'Ochin Diper Upakhyan' will be staged in the festival where tea plantation workers will perform in two dramas.
The organiser of the festival and programme convener of Bengali Movement Theatre Mukid Chowdhury said, "The tea plantation workers at Deundi tea garden have taken the theatrical practice as their weapon for their movement to claim their rights. They have established a temporary stage where they are creating their own drama in their own language. The dramas are being performed regularly as well. Led by Amod Mal, they have also formed their own theatre group named Pratik Theatre."
"To encourage their theatrical practice and to express our solidarity with their drama movement we have arranged this drama festival," he added.
Mukid Chowdhury informed that local Member of the Parliament Advocate Mahbub Ali will inaugurate the festival on August 17 at 7:00pm. Different theatre personalities will attend the programme as well.
'Hoimonti' will be staged on the inauguration day of the festival. The drama is translated into the dialect of the workers of the tea garden by the president of Pratik Theatre Sunil Biswas while Mukid Chowdhury directed the play.
'Ekti Ashare Golpo' will be staged on August 18 at 7:00pm. Adapted from William Shakespeare's 'A Mid Summer Nights Dream', the play is written and directed by Mukid Chowdhury.
'Ochin Diper Upakhyan' will be staged at the end of the festival. Adapted from William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', this drama is directed by Mukid Chowdhury.
Bengali Movement Theatre started their journey in 1998 to accelerate the theatrical practice and associate different theatre artists in a grass root level with mainstream theatrical practice. Besides arranging different drama festivals with the participation of theatre artists from remote areas, the troupe also facilitates trainings for the artists.

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