A month-long theatre festival marking the International Mother Language Day began on Friday at open stage of Suhrawardy Udyan with shows of three street theatre productions and a stage production.
Dhaka-based theatre troupe Sanglap Group Theatre staged its recent production Bodh, while Narayanganj-based troupe Sangsaptak, Munshiganj-based troupes Munshiganj Theatre and Theatre Circle staged street plays at the event.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation in association with Bangla Academy organised the festival titled ‘Ekushey Natyautsab’ as an ancillary event of the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair.
Eminent writer Selina Hossain inaugurated the fourth edition of the festival. Thespians Ataur Rahman and Nasiruddin Yousuff and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation secretary general Akhteruzzaman, among others, were present at the inauguration ceremony.
BGTF chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky, also director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, presided over the inauguration ceremony.
‘I hope the festival will both entertain and enrich visitors at the book fair’, said Selina Hossain.
‘Ekushey Natyautsab has been promoting theatre by drawing the attention of the new audience’, said BGTF secretary general Akhteruzzaman.
This year the festival will feature a total of 27 plays and 30 street plays by renowned troupes from across the country, added Akhteruzzaman.
Following the festival’s inauguration, Narayanganj-based troupe Sangsaptak staged its street play Mantabya Nishprayajan. Written by Sanaullah Haque and directed by Sampad Kumar Acharya, the play satirised social and political anomalies in the contemporary society.
Munshiganj Theatre staged its street play Maitya Tel and Theatre Circle staged Kaaktarua.
Sanglap Group Theatre staged its play Bodh at the event. Based on a story by Munshi Premchand, the play, written by Swapan Das and directed by Mostafa Heera, depicts how poverty and disparity in the society forces people to choose a life of crime.