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IDLC Theatre Festival celebrates theatrical legacy of Bangladesh

  • Published at 08:31 pm September 5th, 2018
IDLC Theatre Festival
'Trial of Surya Sen,' 'Banglar Mati BanglarJol,' 'Crutcher Colonel,' 'Panchya Nari Akkhyan,' 'The Alchemist,' 'Mukti,' 'Circus Circus,' and 'Open Couple' will be staged in the festival

On the very first day, two popular theatre groups PrangoneMor and Dhaka University Theatre and Performance Studies Department staged “Hasonjaner Raja” and “The Lower Depths,” respectively

The five-day long IDLC Theatre Festival started on Tuesday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academ, celebrating the long heritage of theatre in Bangladesh.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, who is also one of the most instrumental persons behind the development of group theatre in the country, inaugurated the festival, the theme of which is - “Let theatre be a source of joy.”

The inauguration program was also graced by the CEO and managing director of IDLC, Arif Khan, as well as some other prominent theatre artists and playwrights, according to a press release from the organizers.

The opening ceremony started with a classical dance performance by Shadhona Cultural Circle under the direction of Lubna Mariam. On the very first day, two popular theatre groups PrangoneMor and Dhaka University Theatre and Performance Studies Department staged “Hasonjaner Raja” and “The Lower Depths,” respectively.

Other renowned theatre groups such as Dhaka Podatik, Palakar, Bottola, Dhaka Theatre, Jahangirnagar University Drama and Dramatics Department Theatre, Prachyanat, and NagorikNatya Sampradaya, will also showcase their performances in the upcoming days of the festival.

They will stage “Trial of Surya Sen,” “Banglar Mati BanglarJol,” “Crutcher Colonel,” “PanchyaNariAkkhyan,” “The Alchemist,” “Mukti,” “Circus Circus,” and “Open Couple.”

At the inaugural program, Arif Khan said: “As a responsible and progressive organization, IDLC has always been a patron of the rich culture, art, and heritage of Bangladesh. We have arranged this festival from that sense of responsibility to honour the brilliant artists of this industry.”