"Bhanga-Gora Theatre Festival" will kick start today at Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity Bhavan, Baily Road in the city. The festival has been organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) and Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate the festival. It will run for a month with the slogan "Manch-E Natok Dekhun, Oitihashik Mahila Samity Manch-E Ashun." A press conference was held in this regard on February 25 at the Seminar Room of Department of Drama at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Liaquat Ali Lucky chaired the press conference. Akhtaruzzaman , secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation laid out the details of the festival.
During the inauguration of the festival a discussion session will be held. Liaquat Ali Lucky will preside over the session as eminent cultural figures like Ramendu Mazumdar, Mamunur Rashid, Nasir Uddin Yousuff Bachchu, Sara Zaker will deliver speeches in it. Golam Kuddus, president of Sammilita Sanskritik Jote and Sitara Ahsanullah and Tania Bakht president and general secretary of Mahila Samity will also take part at the discussion. Akhtaruzzaman will deliver the welcome speech.
Loko Natyadal, Theatre (Arambagh), Natya Kendra, Desh Natok, Dhaka Theatre, Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC), Nagorik, Natya Chakra, Arankay, Udichi, Dhaka Padatik, Theatre Art Unit, Mahakaal, Shomoy, Dhaka Theatre and more will take part in the festival. Not single troupe will perform twice in the festival as each day has been reserved for new troupes. A single drama will be performed each day at 7pm. The festival will observe a special day on March 27 on the occasion of the World Theatre Day. No individual troupe will perform in this day.
In the Vanga-Gara Theatre Festival in 2011 BGTF had declared that they would hold the festival at Mahila Samity Bhavan in 2016. In keeping with that declaration the edifice was deconstructed, rebuilt and finally inaugurated on February 27. It is to be noted that the theatre practices that flourished in the post-liberation period centered around the present Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium where the festival starts today.