The seven-day-long event will begin on Friday
Nagorik Natya Sampradaya, a renowned Bangladeshi theatre troupe, announced on Saturday, at a press conference at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), a brand new theatre festival. The seven-day event, held in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, will begin on Friday, with an opening ceremony at the National Theatre Hall of BSA, starting at 5 pm.
The press event for Notuner Utsab 2019 was presided over by renowned actor, cultural personality, Nagorik member and Member of Parliament Asaduzzaman Noor.
Noor told Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime: “The theatre festivals happening nowadays are featuring all the age-old plays that audiences have watched a thousand times. As a theatre troupe, Nagorik always welcomes the new, and we need new productions to attract the audience.”
“Nagorik has announced seven completely new plays for the audience, showcasing young and talented directors. Hopefully the audience will enjoy our efforts,” he added.
State Minister of Cultural Affairs K M Khalid will attend the inaugural event as the guest of honor. Veteran theatre actor Ramendu Majumder, Aranyak Natyadal Chief Editor Mamunur Rashid, Dhaka Theatre President Nasiruddin Yousuff, and BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky will also attend the event as special guests.
Nagorik Natya Sampradaya Vice President Sara Zaker, along with the General Secretary of the troupe Ataur Rahman, will deliver the opening speeches.
Over the seven days of the festival, seven plays will be premiered, each at 7 pm in the National Theatre Hall of the BSA.
The festival will begin with Pantho Shahrear’s “Kalo Joler Kabbo,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” featuring Asaduzzaman Noor as Shylock. Popular actor Aupee Karim will also appear in the play.
Shamim Shagor’s “Radha Romon” will be staged on the second day. The third day will feature Akashey Phuitese Phul-Letokahon, a drama directed by Dr Roton Siddique and Hridi Huq.
An adaptation of Tagore’s Aruproton, directed by Saidur Rahman Lipon, will be shown on the fourth day.
Kazi Toufiqul Islam Emon’s Khwabnama, adapted from Akhteruzzaman Elias’s novel of the same name, will be staged on the fifth day.
O Monpahia, written and directed by Shubasish Sinha, will be staged on the sixth day.
The festival will conclude with Mostafiz Shahin’s “Lottery,” featuring visually impaired actors, with Sara Zaker as its dramaturge.