A four day ‘Comedy Festival’ organised by the Dhaka-based theatre group ‘Swagatam Theatre’ is being held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Segun Bagicha that started on Friday.
‘Swagatam Theatre’ is celebrating their seventeenth founding anniversary.On Sunday, the second day of the festival, ‘Theatre School Praktoni’ staged the play ‘Jaisa Ka Taisa’ directed by Bhaswar Bandapadhay. The play is written by legendary Bengali playwright and director Girish Chandra Ghosh, based on a play by Moliere.
The story of ‘Jaisa Ka Taisa’ centres around a girl named Ratan, the only child of a single wealthy parent. But as her father is a miser and he doesn’t want his daughter to get married, because he has to give dowry. Then the maid servant, the only mate of Ratan, plays some tricks. At the end Ratan gets married to her lover.
The duration of the play is one hour. Though it is a comedy it has some satirical elements as well. The play delighted the audience thoroughly and the artistes performed well. However, many a viewers expected a better performance from the character Ratan, as she portrays the heart of the story.
Today, on the concluding day, the organisers will arrange a discussion and a cultural programme along with staging another play titled ‘Harkipte’ based on a drama by Anisul Haque. The programme will start at 5:00pm at the National Theatre Hall.