The month-long Ekushey Natya Utsab featuring plays depicting language movement ended on Wednesday at the open stage of Suhrawardy Udyan with shows of two street plays and a stage play.
Khulna-based troupe Diyan-Moni Theatre and Dhaka-based Prachyanat staged street plays Ujaniya and Adab, respectively, while Dhaka Nandanik staged its comedy Narbare Bou on the closing day of the festival, which was organised marking International Mother Language Day.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, in association with Bangla Academy, organised the festival for the fourth consecutive year as an ancillary event of the month-long Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela, which ended on Wednesday.
‘People from all walks of life thronged the theatre festival every day to watch the plays. The festival drew hundreds of theatre lovers to Suhrawardy Udyan on Fridays and Saturdays’, said Khorshedul Alam, member secretary of the festival committee.
A total of 64 theatre troupes from across the country participated in the festival and staged 35 street plays, 27 stage plays and two mime shows.
Among the 35 street plays, there were 15 new productions depicting different contemporary issues in society, said Khorshedul Alam.
Troupes like Aranyan Natyadal, Loko Natyadal, Mohakal Natya Sampraday, Samoy Natydal, Bangladesh Theatre, Shabdo Natyacharcha Kendra, Natyateertha, Dristipat Natydal, Natyakendra, Sangsaptak (Narayanganj), Munshiganj Theatre (Munshiganj), Diyan-Moni Theatre (Khulna) and others participated in this year’s festival.
‘Every year, we invite renowned theatre troupes and a number of up and coming troupes from across the country to perform at the festival’, said Akhteruzzaman, secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
‘The month-long theatre festival held at the open stage of Suhrawardy Udyan has been promoting theatre by drawing the attention of the new audience. We hope that the festival will continue to play a role in making theatre popular among the mass people in future’, added Akhteruzzaman.