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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Tagore Drama Festival

Chaturanga delights audience.

By Mohiuddin Alamgir / May 03, 2009

A weeklong theatre festival titled ‘Dui Banglar Rabindra Natya Mela’ organised by the Dhaka-based theatre group Prangane Mor, began at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Segun Bagicha on Friday.

Eminent litterateur Syed Shamsul Huq inaugurated the festival as chief guest while noted theatre personality Mamunur Rashid was present as special guest.Syed Shamsul Huq said in his inaugural speech, ‘We can find modernism and humanism in the works of Rabindranath Tagore. In the history of Bengalis we had two poets one is Rabindranath another is Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was the poet of politics.’A good number of holiday crowds including renowned theatre activists were present in the programme. Members of Prangane Mor sang, danced and recited poems from the works of Rabindranath Tagore in the opening ceremony.

The inaugural session was followed by the presentation of a play. The Indian theatre group called Hrithik staged a play ‘Chaturanga’, scripted and directed by Gautam Roy Chowdhury. The play delighted the largef audiences.Bangladeshi theatre group ‘Prangane Mor’ will stage ‘Swadeshi’ based on the novel ‘Char Adhyaya’ directed by Nuna Afroz today.The play ‘Shyama Prem’ based on dance drama ‘Shyama’ directed by Ananta Hira on May 4. Prangane Mor will stage the play.Another Bangladeshi theatre group Subachan Natya Sangsad will stage the play ‘Kshudhita Pashan’, directed by Khaled Khan, on May 6. The play is based on a short story of the same title,The Indian theatre group Anya Theatre will stage the play ‘Shodh-bodh’ directed by Bibash Chakrabarthy on May 7.

On the concluding day of the festival, May 8, Prangane Mor will stage the play ‘Rakta Karabi’, directed by Nuna Afroz at Experimental Theatre Hall of the Academy.Everyday the show will begin at 7:00pm.The organisers will also arrange a seminar on ‘Bangalir Natya Charcha O Rabindranather Natak’ at 11:00am at the Seminar Room of the National Theatre Hall on May 8. Shantanu Kaiser will read out the keynote paper.

The organisers expect that the festival will help to make a cultural bridge between the Bengalis both in Bangladesh and India.


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