May 22, 2013 | 12:20 AM (BD Time)
22 May, 2013 Wednesday
‘Ekusher Chetonai Natya Utsab’ held in Sylhet
Art & Culture Report:
Through the showcasing of six popular plays and holding an honorary reception to three living talents of Sylhet region, a weeklong theatre festival titled “Ekusher Chetonai Natya Utsab” ended on Wednesday at Sylhet Auditorium at Rikabi Bazar in the city.
Shammilito Natya Parishad Sylhet organised the festival with a view to pay homage to the language martyrs on the occasion of 60th anniversary of historic language movement.
The concluding day of the festival featured staging of Shubhashis Sinha directed popular play ‘Debotar Gras,’ which was adapted from a legendary creation of Rabindranath Tagore and was performed by Monipuri Theatre, Komolgonj.
Earlier, the organisers arranged an honorary reception to three renowned personalities of Sylhet for their contributions in their respective sectors. Professor Md Abdul Aziz has been honoured for his great contribution in Education and Language Movement, Chondraboti Roy Barman for Folk Music and Monir Ahmad for Theatre.
Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation Badar Uddin Ahmad Kamran handed over the honorary crests to the three living talents while DC Abdus Zahir Chowdhury Sufian, Khan Mohammad Belal, President of Sammilito Natya Parishad Sylhet Advocate Syed Monir Helal and secretary Rajat Kanti Gupta were present among others.
The festival, however, drew a huge number of crowds every day as the performances by different theatre troupes caught the attention of the viewers in every evening during the festival. On the inaugural day, Theatre SUST, a troupe from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) staged the play ‘Bhaskorjo’ while Noboshikha Natyadal presented Munier Chowdhury's legendary creation ‘Kobor’ on the 2nd day of the festival.
On February 25, Kothakoli Sylhet performed highly admired play ‘Court Martial’ while Pratik Theatre from Hobigonj staged the play ‘Nidhiramer Shwadhinota’ on the following day. Bornochora Theatre from Chandpur staged comedy play ‘Gitthu’ on February 26. The day before the closing day of the festival was featured by outstanding presentation of liberation war based play ‘Rifle’. The story of the play was adapted and translated by Amit Chandra from German playwright Betrolt Brecht’s play while Khorshedul Alam directed it.
The cast of the play included Rowshan Jannat Roshni, Shahinur Sarwar, Nishir Saren, Sujit Das Bappi, Abdul Hadi and Abu Bakar.
While talking about the festival, Rajat Kanti Gupta, Secretary General of Sammilito Natya Parishad Sylhet told the New Nation that Parishad organises this festival every year with a view lift up the spirit of language movement among the locals of Sylhet. We are also intended to hold a three-day cultural programme in March at Central Shaheed Minar of Sylhet to celebrate the Independence Day." n
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