NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2016: 4 plays to be staged today

Cultural Correspondent
Scenes from Neel Samudrer Jhar and Nakshi Kanthar Math which will be staged today. — New Age photo

Scenes from Neel Samudrer Jhar and Nakshi Kanthar Math which will be staged today. — New Age photo

Four troupes from four divisions will stage plays today as part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival 2016.
Cox’s Bazar Theatre will stage Neel Samudrer Jhar at the National Theatre Hall, Savar-based Bunan Theatre will present Nakshi Kanthar Math at the Experimental Theatre Hall of the academy while Rajshahi Theatre will stage Katus Kutus at the Studio Theatre Hall of the academy.
Rangpur Natyakendra will stage Shikhandi Katha at the Dr Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation have jointly organised the 18-day festival that will feature a total of 58 theatre productions by the same number of troupes from across the country. Neel Samudrer Jhar is a translation by poet Nurul Huda from William Shakespeare’s famous drama The Tempest.
It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skilful manipulation.
The play has been directed by Swapan Bhattacharya.
Bunan Theatre will stage poet Jasimuddin’s classic verse drama Nakshi Kanthar Math that features simple and lyrical account of a rural couple’s struggling and tumultuous relation.
The play has been directed by Anan Zaman.
Rajshahi Theatre will stage Nitai Kumar Sarkar’s family drama Katus Kutus featuring inside stories of two couples who always engage in quarrels but never break up.
Rangpur Natyakendra will stage Anan Zaman’s play Shikhandikatha, which deals with the experiences that the transgender people have to endure in the society.
They are often deprived of basic human rights and have to suffer disrespectful and disparaging attitudes of the general public.
The play has been directed by Arya Shashanka.

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