Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy(BSA) has arranged a seven day long play fest at the Experimental Theater Hall titled Mullobodher Natya Utsob 2016.
On September 4, the fourth day of the festival, the District Shilpakala Academy of Barisal staged Shaman Moisan’s Soorak under the direction and planning of Hasanur Rahid Makud. The play reflects on gender discrimination and how it invokes cruelty and destroys humanity.
The District Shilpakala Academy of Narsingdi staged Dr Mahfuza Halali’s Chupkotha which focused on the nude dead body of an unknown woman and the subsequent ill practices of people towards the body. This also includes a journalist who tries to publish the picture of the body in his newspaper hoping it will get more readers.
The District Shilpakala Academy of Jessore staged Abul Hasan Tuhin’s Notun Korey Shopno Dekhi under the direction of Kamrul Hasan Ripon. The play revolves around an aged school teacher who lived through three periods of rule (the British, the Pakistan and later the Bangladeshi). He realises Mir Jafor (the evil character from the history of Bangla) always lives. The character aspires to live among the new generation, with one central theme that the evil character should be eradicated.
“We're a long way from being a truly successful nation. Nowadays we are in the midst of sickening competition. Because of this we face a lot of problems such as terrorism, rape, drug abuse etc. Even then, we hope the situation can be changed,” Kamrul Hasan Ripon, the director of Notun Korey Shopno Dekhi.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged the festival co-ordinating productions from all 64 district Shipakala Academy's. For the first phase, Mullobodher Natya Utsab 2016 is taking place at the Experimental Theatre Hall of BSA with 20 productions from 20 district Shilpakala Academy's. The festival will continue till September 7, with the plays being staged from 6pm to 8pm everyday.