18-day national theatre fest opens

Cultural Correspondent
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Scence from Jyoti Sanghita, left, Nari Nasimon.

The National Theatre Festival 2016 will begin today with the staging of three plays by three theatre troupes from Habiganj, Gaibandha and Sirajganj.
The plays will be staged at three different halls including the National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.
The academy and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation have jointly organised the 18-day event that will feature a total of 58 plays by the same number of troupes from across the country.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate the festival on Saturday, with International Theatre Institute honorary president Ramendu Majumdar, thespian Ataur Rahman and BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky in attendance.
Habiganj-based troupe Jiban Sangket will stage its acclaimed production Jyoti Sanghita at the National Theatre Hall.
Written by Ruma Modak and directed by Sudip Chakroborthy, the play follows freedom fighter Jagat Jyoti Das and his Dash Party that led guerrilla warfare in the hoar areas of Sylhet, Kishoreganj and Netrokona during the 1971 war of independence.
Sirajganj-based troupe Natyalok will stage Nari Nasimon at the Experimental Theatre Hall. Based on a popular ballad known as Nasimon Sundori, the play is adapted by Shahman Moishan and directed by Debashish Ghosh.
Nari Nasimon shows the hypocrisy and cruelty of the patriarchal society in which women are expected to behave in line with their prescribed gender roles.
Meanwhile, Padakkhep Theatre from Gaibandha will stage Polonath Company at the Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium. Written by Sultan Muhammad Razzak and directed by Mehedul Haque Sujon, the play centres on the 1873 peasant revolt in the northern parts of the country.
On Sunday, Dhaka-based troupe Nagarik Natyangan will stage Gohor Badsha and Banechha Pori at the National Theatre Hall while Kushtia-based Bodhon Theatre will stage Chandrabati Kotha at the Experimental Theatre Hall.
Kishoreganj-based Ekota Natyagoshthi will also perform on the second day, staging Mohua at the Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium.

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