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3. August 2012 5 03 /08 /August /2012 15:41

Swapnadal’s theatre festival inaugurated

Cultural Correspondent  

A scene from Festoon e Lekha Smrity staged on Wednesday at the Experimental Theatre Hall. — Snigdha ZamanA scene from Festoon e Lekha Smrity staged on Wednesday at the Experimental Theatre Hall. — Snigdha Zaman
The six-day theater festival featuring plays by three great playwrights and theoreticians of Bangla literature was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. 
The festival- featuring six full fledged theatre productions of the plays by Rabindranath Tagore, Selim Al Deen and Badal Sircer- was inaugurated by ITI Worldwide President Ramendu Majumdar.  Theatre personality Ataur Rahman, chairman of the theatre department of Dhaka University Rahmat Ali, Selim Al-Deen’s widow Begumjadi Meherumnessa and chief of Swapnadal Zahid Repon also delivered speeches. 
In his speech, Ramendu Majumdar suggested young theatre activists to follow different types of theatre forms to add diversity in the contemporary local theatre. ‘Theatre is a dynamic art which should not remain static in one style. Thus, like Swapnadal, others theatre troupes should bring new experimental productions,’ he said. 
Ataur Rahman, rather focused on Hiroshima Day and Nagasaki Day, since the festival also pays tribute to the victims of nuclear bomb attacks in 1945. Taking a bold stand against the war, Ataur Rahman said, ‘Performing art forms like theatre can be a possible mode of protest against all sorts of conflict and violence.’
Rahman Ali, on the hand, anaylused bold stand taken by the three great playwrights- Rabindranath Tagore, Selim Al Deen and Badal Sircar- against war and injustice.   
The discussion session was followed by staging of Festoon-e Lekha Smrity, adapted by Zahid Repon from Selim Al Deen’s articles on the war of independence. Directed jointly by Samad Bhuiyan and Rawnak Laboni, the play depicts significant events and persons those Selim Al Deen encountered during the war. 
Besides, an exhibition and a video installation depicting posters and photographs of horrific consequences of atomic blast in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been held at the experimental theatre hall lobby. 
Swapnadal has organised the festival marking the troupe’s 12 years of theatre practice. The festival features plays by Rabindranath Tagore, Selim Al-Deen and Badal Sircer as the troupe also celebrates Tagore’s 71st death anniversary, which falls on August 6;  Selim Al Deen’s 63rd birth anniversary, which falls on August 18,  and Badal Sircar's 87th birth anniversary, which was celebrated on July 15. 
Moreover, the festival, which is dedicated to recently demised legendary author Humayan Ahmed, also pays tribute to Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bomb victims.
 
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