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Aranyak to observe May Day tomorrow

Update : 30 Apr 2013, 01:35 PM

Prominent theatre troupe Aranyak Natyadal will observe May Day by organising a daylong programme featuring discussion, recitation, music and staging of theatre productions.

Theatre personality and chief of the troupe Mamunur Rashid told Dhaka Tribune: “This year’s programme will focus Savar tragedy. Through discussion and other cultural activities, we, the theatre activists, will protest against the oppression on the garment workers and also express solidarity with them.”

The morning session of the programme will be held on the premises of the Central Shaheed Minar where a new production of the troupe will be premiered. The play is titled Putul Kotha which is the 47th production of Aranyak and is written and directed by Mishu Milon and Abu Hashim Masud respectively.

“The theme of the production focuses on the ongoing movement against Islamic extremist groups,” said Mamunur Rashid.

The members of Aranyak will also present some revolutionary songs in solo and chorus performances.

A seminar titled “Shromiker Odhikar O Savar Tragedy” (Rights of labourers and Savar Tragedy) will be held at the Experimental

Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 4pm. Prominent rights activists, leaders of different labourers’ groups and theatre personalities will discuss at the seminar.

Later in the evening, Aranyak will stage a star-studded show of its acclaimed production, “Rarang” at 7pm at the Experimental Theatre Hall.

“Rarang” is written and directed by Mamunur Rashid which speaks of the struggle of Santal community, an ethnic minority group living in northern part of Bangladesh, against feudalism and religious racism during the British Raj.

Highlighting the life of great Santal leader Alfred Soren who died a valiant death, the play depicts the Santal Revolt in 1855 against the British colonial power and corrupt Zamindari system. The play also touches some burning social issues of that time including remarriage of widows, social negligence and others.

The play is endorsed with the performances of popular theatre activists such as Tamalika Karmakar and Chanchal Chowdhury, and Mamunur Rashid in a small role.  

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