Theatre fest organised by Padatik
Mayur Singhasan, Kaibarto Bidraho stagedCultural Correspondent
Aranyak Natya Dal staged Mayur Singhasan at the National Theatre Hall while Bogra Theatre staged Kaibarta Bidraho at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday, the third-day of the theatre festival organised by Padatik.
Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC) has organised a commemorative theatre festival for the third consecutive time titled Syed Badruddin Hossain Smrity Natya Utsab O Smrak Sammanana, in memory of late president of the organisation Syed Badruddin Hossain. This year 12 troupes are staging plays at the six-day festival.
Mannan Hira’s play Mayur Singhasan, directed by Shah Alam Dulal, highlights the ordeal the religious minority group experienced in the 1960s through the protagonist character of a rural jatra troupe. The political satire depicts how ruling fundamentalist class forced many patriots, belonging to the religious minority group, to migrate to the neighbouring country.
In the star-studded 107th show of the play, eminent actors including Mamunur Rashid, Mannan Hira, Shah Alam Dulal, Chanchal Chowdhury, Momena Chowdhury, among others performed.
A houseful audience enjoyed the play.
Taufique Hasan Moyna’s Kaibarta Bidraho, on the other hand, features a less addressed tragic part of the history: rebellion of the oppressed class known as kaibaorta (mostly peasants and fishermen) against the ruler Mahipala of Varedra, the third successor of the pala dynasty, which has long been glorified by the historians for their administrative skills, their commendable policy of public-welfare and unprecedented excellence in the field of arts, literature and education.
Directed by Saidur Rahman Lipon, Rubal Lodi, Zulfikar Hossain Shohag, Shohani and others perform in different characters of the play.
Samira Tanzeen, an audience, told New Age, ‘Artistes of Bogra Theatre’s performance and the strong story line were really entertaining. Inclusion of such regional troupe in the festival has allowed us to watch different types of theatre performance.’
The festival is sponsored by Citycell and AB Bank and co-sponsored by Ruchi. Daily New Age, Sambad, ABC radio and Boishakhi TV are the media partners of the festival.
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