National Theatre Fest starts in capital
The National Theatre Festival 2016 has started on September 24 with the staging of three plays by three theatre troupes from Habiganj, Gaibandha and Sirajganj.
The plays will be staged at three different halls including the National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival on September 24. International Theatre Institute honorary president Ramendu Majumdar, thespian Ataur Rahman and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) director general Liaquat Ali Lucky were also present at the inaugural session.
Habiganj-based troupe Jiban Sangket staged its acclaimed production Jyoti Sanghita at the National Theatre Hall.
Written by Ruma Modak and directed by Sudip Chakroborthy, the play follows freedom fighter Jagat Jyoti Das and his Dash Party that led guerrilla warfare in the hoar areas of Sylhet, Kishoreganj and Netrokona during the 1971 war of independence.
Sirajganj-based troupe Natyalok staged Nari Nasimon at the Experimental Theatre Hall. Based on a popular ballad known as Nasimon Sundori, the play is adapted by Shahman Moishan and directed by Debashish Ghosh.
Nari Nasimon shows the hypocrisy and cruelty of the patriarchal society in which women are expected to behave in line with their prescribed gender roles.
On September 25, Dhaka-based troupe Nagarik Natyangan staged Gohor Badsha and Banechha Pori at the National Theatre Hall while Kushtia-based Bodhon Theatre staged Chandrabati Kotha at the Experimental Theatre Hall. Kishoreganj-based Ekota Natyagoshthi also performed on the second day, staging Mohua at the Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium.