The 68th birth anniversary of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen will be observed on Friday with due respect.
Theatre troupes Dhaka Theatre and Swapnadal will organise separate festivals on the premises of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy (BSA) marking his birth anniversary.
Dhaka Theatre in association with Bangladesh Gram Theatre, Selim Al Deen Foundation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will organise a six-day festival while a three-day festival will be arranged by Swapnadal.
The celebrations will begin on Friday by placing floral wreaths at the playwright's grave at Jahangirnagar University at 9am by the artistes of Dhaka Theatre and Swapnadal.
A seminar will be held on Selim Al Deen's 'Shakuntala' at 3:30 pm on the first day of Dhaka Theatre's festival.
Meanwhile, the festival of Dhaka Theatre will formally be inaugurated on August 19 by Jahangirnagar University Vice-chancellor Prof Farzana Islam while noted theatre personality Aly Zaker will be awarded this year's 'Selim Al Deen Padak'.
The six-day festival will feature rally, seminar, painting exhibition, awards ceremony, musical event and theatre performance.
On the other hand, Swapnadal will organise the three-day 'festival with the slogan 'Rabindranath-Selim Al Deen Roy Oitijyer Dharay, Bangla Natyer Joy Jatra Kobhu Na Haray'.
Selim Al Deen who is known as 'Natyacharya' was born on August 18, 1949 in Feni. He joined Jahangirnagar University in 1974 at the Bangla Department and later he became the founder chairperson of the Department of Drama and Dramatics of the university.