A ten-day theatre festival, arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, is underway at Bangladesh Mahila Samity auditorium in the capital’s Bailey Road area.
To mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, the festival was inaugurated on Wednesday, with the popular play ‘Court Martial’ by Theatre Art Unit.The inauguration ceremony was dedicated to Ekushey-Padak winning actor Aly Zaker, who passed away in November 2020. Each day of the festival is being dedicated to a artiste, who has died.
‘Mancha Sarathi’ Ataur Rahman attended the programme as the chief guest, with veteran actor Lucky Enam in the chair. Other eminent personalities like playwright M Hamid, Secretary General of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Kamal Bayazid, Soheli Sarwar Neepa from Bangladesh Mahila Samity, along with playwrights Dev Prasad Debnath and Ananta Hira were also present.
The inauguration programme also featured dance performances by two organisations, Sapna Bikash Lalitakala and Nabaras.
In the festival, Dhaka Nandonik’s ‘Grohonkaal’ and by Loko Natyadal Banani’s ‘Thikana’ were staged on March 18 and 19 respectively. The play ‘Rifle’, by Shobdo Natyacharcha Kendra, will be staged today.
Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble will stage ‘Tora Shob Joyodhoni Kor’ tomorrow. On March 22, Dhaka Padatik will stage ‘Kotha 71’, and Kheyali Natryo Goshthi will stage ‘Kadamtolu Army Camp’ on March 23. Prangone Mor’s ‘The Condemned Cell’ and Padatik Natya Sangsad TSC’s ‘Kalratri’ are scheduled to be staged on March 24 and 25 respectively.
The festival will end on March 26, with the staging of ‘Payer Awaj Pawa Jay’ by Theatre (Bailey Road).