Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has taken a phenomenal initiative to make 64 Jatra Palas in 64 districts of the country based on our indigenous culture and tradition.
Recently, the Palas have been sent to all the districts for their making. It is expected that their making and staging will be completed soon.Jatras are usually epic plays preceded by a musical concert, often lasting an hour or more.
A folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre, Jatra has been an important part of our thousand-year-old Bengali culture and tradition.
There was a time when Jatra Pala was a major source of entertainment for the people of our country, both dwelling in city and rural area.
However, in the recent time, the indigenous form of theatre art has lost its past popularity.BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky expressed his optimism that through this initiative, the art of Jatra Pala will get back its lost pride, practice and popularity.