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Bangladesh street theatre festival ends

The week-long Bangladesh street theatre festival ended with shows of four street plays by three Dhaka-based troupes at Central Shaheed Minar on Wednesday.

All the plays staged on the closing day of the festival have been written by playwright Mannan Hira. The plays depicted diverse socio-political issues.

Theatre troupe Aranyak Natyadal staged two plays Murkha Loker Murkha Kotha and Aguner Jobanbondi, Theatre Angan staged Phuleswarir Kabya Gantha and Opera Natyadal staged Bou.

Bangladesh Pathnatok Parishad has been organising the festival to promote street theatre since 2002.

Liberation war museum trustee member Mofidul Hoque, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Golam Kuddus and Bangladesh Pathnatok Parishad president Mannan Hira were present at the closing ceremony of the festival.

‘Street theatre can make the mass people aware about controversial social and political issues’, said Mofidul Hoque.

The week-long festival featured 26 street plays by 18 Dhaka-based and eight district-based troupes. Besides, four troupes staged traditional performing art forms like gazir gaan, pata gaan, ghetu gaan and pala in the festival.

Seven new plays like Comilla Natyadal’s Rajrajrar Khel, Swattik Natya Sampraday’s Gulmat and Gong, Chandrakala Theatre’s Jadi Kichhu Mone Na Koren, Theatre Circle’s Kaaktarua, Bangaranga Natyadal’s Satpath, Dibya Natyakala Academy’s 71 Amar Ahangkar and Natyajoddha’s Asukh were premiered at the festival.

The festival also paid tribute to eminent playwrights Mamtazuddin Ahmed and Mannan Hira by holding retrospectives, featuring plays of the playwrights, on the third and closing day of the festival.

‘The festival featured plays depicting different social, political and contemporary issues. People from all walks of life thronged Central Shahid Minar to watch the plays everyday’, said Akter-uz-Zaman Kiron, member secretary of the festival committee.