Vol. 5 Num 143 Fri. October 15, 2004  

Documentary Book On Theatre
Chattagramer Tin Dashoker Natok

Very few reference and documentary books on theatre have been published in Bangladesh. As a consequence, researchers have had to make do with publications such as Theatre and Theatrewala. Even these works contain mainly theatre news of Dhaka.

However, there is better news ahead for theatre buffs. Chattagramer Tin Dashoker Natok (three decades of theatre practice in Chittagong), a documentary piece, is set to embark on a new era as a documentary work on regional theatre practice. The author is Khorshedul Alam, a theatre activist from Chittagong. The launching ceremony of vChattagramer Tin Dashoker Natok was held on October 13, at the Seminar Room of Mahila Samity Stage.

Ramendu Majumdar, launched Khorshed's book, while Lucky Inam read out the synopsis of the book. The other discussants of the programme were Nasiruddin Yousuff, Liaquat Ali Lucky, Shishir Datta, M Saiful Islam and others.

The speakers in the book-launching programme were highly appreciative of Khorshed's publication. They consider Khorshed's work as a milestone in the theatre history of Bangladesh.

Chattagramer Tin Dashoker Natok is a documentary, but not an analytical work on the theatre of Chittagong. The book contains a brief history of theatre practice in Chittagong, profiles of the theatrical groups of Chittagong, comments of some theatrical leaders, designers of Chittagong who have been playing the central role in the theatre practice in Chittagong, and the posters of the plays.

Chattagramer Tin Dashoker Natok can be a good reference book for those who are interested to learn about Bangladeshi theatre. In fact, this initiative should have been taken by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, while including all the regional theatrical groups of Bangladesh. Khorshed's work certainly deserves plaudits.

Cover jacket of the book