Students of the Theatre and Performing Arts Department of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) in Trishal staged a dance drama “Wangala” recently.
Wangala (harvest festival) is a prominent festival rooted to the religion and culture of the indigenous Garos, who mainly live in Mymensingh and Madhupur of Tangail.
“Wangala”, also an ancient dance drama, is performed mainly by Garo artistes at the beginning of the winter harvest. It is a combination of many dance sequences on agricultural activities round the year.
The spontaneity of the artistes cast a spell on the audience at the festival.
Sahitya Bazar Patrika, a literary newspaper published from Dhaka, assisted the function.
Directed by Professor Syed Mamun Reza, 22 students performed on the stage. The students also staged the dance drama outside the university on receiving much applause from the audience.
Al Jabir and Imran Hasan Shimul assisted the staging of the dance drama.
Earlier, a discussion was held.
Swadhin Chowdhury, Executive editor of Sahitya Bazar; poet Farid Ahmed Dulal; Shahadat Hossain Khan Hilu, secretary of Bahurupi Natya Sangstha; Prof. Taposh Kumar Saha and Sajal Koraishi addressed the discussion, among others.
Garo people celebrate Wangala festival, one of their greatest festivals marking the beginning of harvesting. Cultural teams from Mymensingh, Tangail, Netrokona and Sylhet observe Wangala celebrations, said the speakers.