Vol. 5 Num 652 Wed. March 29, 2006  

World Drama day observed in the city

On March 27, enthusiastic theatre activists gathered at the premises of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to celebrate World Drama Day. The function began with a colourful rally.

Later, a discussion programme was held at the National Theatre Stage. The programme was presided over by M Hamid, the current chairperson of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF).

As in previous years, 'World Drama Day Speech' and 'World Drama Day Lecture' were presented.

Mexican playwright Victor Hugo Rawosun Banda is selected world over to deliver this year's 'World Drama Speech'. His speech basically focused on the 'Potential of Theatre', an art form which continues to be popular even in the midst of so many high-tech entertainment sources like cinema, internet and others. Veteran actor Afroza Banu read the Bangla version of Banda's speech.

The other attraction of the discussion was 'World Drama Lecture' by Aud Lise Norheim, the Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy. And her lecture on the World Drama Day was apt as 2006 marks the 100th death anniversary of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Discussing the biography as well as style and content of Ibsen's drama, Aud Lise Norheim said that Henrik Ibsen's plays have a universal appeal. She further asserted that in May 2006 Ibsen experts from all over the world would come to Bangladesh to participate in the International Ibsen Conference and Theatre Festival.

In the programme, Professor Kabir Choudhury, the founding president of Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute (BCITI), was honoured for his contribution to theatre.

Nasiruddin Yousuff, Ataur Rahman and Mamunur Rashid were the other discussants at the programme. Jhuna Chowdhury, general secretary of BGTF, delivered the welcome speech.

After the speeches, theatre activists of Udichi Drama Unit, Natyachakra, Dhaka Theatre, Aranyak Natya Dal and Loko Natya Dal (Siddheswari) presented popular songs from their respective productions.

Moreover, Kazi Arif, Bhaswar Bandyopadhyay, Pragna Laboni and Hasan Arif rendered recitations in the programme.

BGTF and BCITI jointly organised the programme.

Members of different theatre groups join a colourful rally on World Drama Day. PHOTO: Shawkat Jamil