A two-day jatra festival at Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) in Trishal of Mymensingh concluded on Monday. The jatra pala “Shahjahan”, written by DL Roy and directed by Mazharul Islam Tokder, a teacher of Theatre and Performance Studies Department of JKKNIU, drew a huge audience at the venue.
The festival was the first of its kind on the campus, said sources.
Mazharul Islam Tokder, the director of the pala said, he planned and firmed up the jatra pala over the last two months. On a rueful note he added that this once popular form of entertainment was on the wane because it had been pushed aside by contemporary forms of entertainment.
Earlier, a discussion was held marking the inaugural session.
The university vice-chancellor Professor AHM Mustafizur Rahman; its registrar Dr Md Humayun Kabir, university teachers association secretary Md Shafiqul Islam spoke on the occasion Sunday evening, among others.
Hailing the initiative by the department, the speakers said without nurturing traditional art forms, nations cannot hold on to their traditional culture and heritage.
Students of the department will benefit from such events and they will also get exposure to the nearly extinct cultural heritage of the country, they said.