The 21st National Council of the Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) opened in Jessore on Friday morning. Dr Gowher Rizvi, Advisor (International Relations) to the Prime Minister, inaugurated the convention as the chief guest at Jessore Municipality Park. After the inauguration session, a colourful procession was taken out, which Jessore residents enjoyed.
Jessore Shilpakala Academy and its adjacent areas became a meeting ground for theatre activists, as representatives of 300 theatre groups across the country participated in the council.
In his speech, Dr. Rizvi said, political views may be divergent but culture cuts across boundaries. He added that in the recent past, cultural activities had played a great role in meeting the challenges of our times. The government is also working to promote our cultural activists, he said.
Deputy Commissioner Mostafizur Rahman, secretary general of BGTF Jhuna Chowdhury, Municipal Mayor Maruful Islam, Superintendent of Police Anisur Rahman, district president of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote Harun-ur-Rashid, convener of the council preparation committee Syed Dulal and convener of the management committee Sanower Alam Dulu spoke on the occasion, with president of Bangladesh Group Theater Federation Liaquat Ali Lucky in the chair. A cultural function was also held at the Shilpakala Academy in the evening.
The two -day long council ended yesterday.