For their contribution to the theatre movement despite all obstacles, five women dramatists were awarded on the third day of International Theatre Festival organised by Nandimukh at the open stage of the Chittagong Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
The honoured theatre activists were Shuvra Bisawas, Sara Zaker, Sabira Sultana Bina, Dipta Rakshit and Kangkan Das. The five received the award from Ekushey Padak winner Professor Dr. Anupam Sen.
Ekushey Padak winner of 2017, Sara Zaker is a prominent theatre activist involved with the craft since 1973. She received her training at the British Theater Institute in 1981, and has acted in adaptation of famous plays like Les Femmes Savantes, Everything in the Garden, Le Malentendu, The Good Person of Szechwan, The Captain of Kopenick and Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Shuvra Biswas has been a theatre personality from 1977. Her journey started with Angon theatre unit. Shuvra is the first female director after 1976 in Bangladesh who also introduced recital act in Bangladesh for the first time.
From 1983, Sabira Sultana Bina had been active on the stage with Padodhwani Natyo Goshthi. She worked with several other groups like Aurindam Theatre group, Nandimukh, Shabdo Natyachakro. Sabira acted the role of Rahima of famous play “Lalshalu” by Syed Waliullah.
Dipta Rakshit and Kangkan Das both started out in the world of theatre from 1988. Dipta began working with Ganayan Natya Sampraday while Kangkan began with Protivash theatre group. They both acted in “Dukkhini” - a joint production of Bangladesh and Pakistan showcasing women trafficking at border.
Dipta Rakshit was the co-ordinator of a play titled “O Alor Pothojatri”, a joint venture by Denmark and Bangladesh. She was awarded from Arindam Natya Sampraday previously for her contribution to theatre.