The 10th edition of Syed Badruddin Hossain Memorial Drama Festival (Natya Utsab) will begin from today with shows of three plays by two local troupes and an Indian troupe simultaneously at three theatre halls of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Organised by Padatik Natya Sangsad, the eight-day festival will feature 20 plays (16 plays from Bangladesh and four plays from India) will be staged in this festival.The inauguration ceremony of the festival will be held at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today evening.
Prominent dramatist Ramendu Majumdar, cultural personality M Hamid, dramatist Mamunur Rashid and president of Padatik Natya Sangsad Sayed Tasnin Hossain among others will present at the inauguration ceremony.
This year Padatik will honour two eminent thespians with Syed Badruddin Hossain Memorial Award.
The troupe will honour thespian and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky and thespian Golam Sarwar for their outstanding contributions to theatre.
On the opening day of the festival Dakat Hiru by Indian troupe Beejpur Chaturthasutra, Galileo by Nagarik Natya Sampraday and Eka Ek Nari by Natyachakra will be staged at National Theatre Hall, Experimental Theatre Hall and Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy respectively.
The festival will also feature theatre shows by local troupes including Prachyanat, Stage One, Theatre (Baily Road), BotTola, Open Space Theatre, Bunan Theatre, Natyam Repertory, Dristipat Natya Sangsad, Dhrupadi Acting Space, Bangla Theatre, Niravaran Theatre, Shunyan Repertory, Batighar and the host troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad.Indian troupes Purgatory, Yoni and Amta Parichoy will also stage plays at the festival.
Besides theatre shows, a discussion on Syed Badruddin Hossain will also be held on April 11.
It may be mentioned that, Padatik Natya Sangsad has been arranging the festival since 2010 to mark the birth anniversary of the troupe’s late president Syed Badruddin Hossain, who served as Padatik’s president till his death in 2009.