Update : 2016-10-28 00:00:00
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Azad Abul Kalam’s Birth day Celebrated
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Azad Abul Kalam’s Birth day Celebrated

A three-day-long theatre festival to celebrate the birthday of noted playwright, actor and director Azad Abul Kalam will close today. The festival was inaugurated on October 26, 2016 at Mahila Samity Auditorium where Prachyanat staged ‘Circus Circus’ (a play written, directed and acted by Azad Abul Kalam). In the play Circus Circus, Ajad Abul Kalam along with theatre group Prachyanat reveals the reality of life, veiled by a common circus show; the real circus, where lights do not properly shine on the stage, where every message, every story is subliminal. Perhaps this is the creative face of the intensity of life. The Great Bengal Circus, established by Lakshman Das, is counting its days. Lakshman was killed by the Pakistani Army during the Liberation War in 1971. His brother Shadhon Das is pinching and scraping to run the circus team. The troupe lost every thing during the Liberation War; Shadon is slowly getting the team on track. But problems exist within the group; not all the artistes are expert performers. Added to the trouble is the personal tension among the troupe members. Shadhon and his team get invited to Nobogram for their circus show. However, a faction of fundamentalists insists the circus team to stop the show for the sake of society and religion. But Shadhon Das refuses to bow his head. Thus begins the war of nerves between two parties. Words of caution and threats are thrown towards Shadhon; everyone around him tries to scare him off. Some of the troupe takes advantage of the situation. One girl from the team goes missing. The tigress grows weaker and weaker. The management recites the programmed words to cover up.     Shadhon Das faces an uncertain future. To make things worse, some of the extremists attack the team in the middle of one night, setting fire on the circus tent. Three of the performers get injured; the animals are burned to death. All the possessions of the Royal Bengal Circus are burned to ashes. In this mess of ash and smoke, someone looks for the weak, expecting tigress. In the second day of the festival Theatre Department of Udichi staged a play titled `Bou Basanti’, written by Ratan Siddique and directed by Azad Abul Kalam.   Without illustrating any war scene, horrifying incident of numerous abductions, terrified imagery of burning villages and the vision of freedom fighters, a theatre is constructed in the backdrop of the Liberation War of 1971 with a flamboyant humorous rural life depicting enjoyment, grief, love and thievery.   Today (the final day of the festival) Prachyanat will stage `Koinna’, written by Murad Khan and directed by Azad Abul Kalam, at National Theatre Hall, BSA. Besides, seminars, drawing competition, talk shows and a musical programme will also be held.    Azad Abul Kalam was born on October 26, 1966. He was associated with the theater group ‘Aranyak’ for long 12 years. In 1997, he founded ‘Prachyanat’ with some friends. Prachyanat has now become a leading theatre troupe in Bangladesh. Along with stage direction he also works in commercial dramas and films as an actor.