Sara Zaker hands over a cheque to a member of Monipuri Theatre (top), artistes of Shubochan Natya Sangsad in Khudhito Pashan. Photo: Mumit M.
To celebrate the 25th show of Khudhito Pashan, an adaptation of Tagore's short story with the same title, Shubochan Natya Sangsad organised a seminar and prize giving ceremony at Mahila Samity Stage on June 28.
Adviser to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Rasheda K. Chowdhury, was the chief guest at the programme. Theatre personalities Ramendu Majumder, Ataur Rahman, Nasiruddin Yousuff, M. Hamid and Sara Zaker spoke at the prize giving ceremony.
This year Shubochan Natya Sangsad introduced the 'Arju Smriti Padak' to encourage theatre troupes outside Dhaka city. The prize has been introduced in memory of A.S.M Arju Rahman, who led Shubochan for many years.
Arju Smriti Padak '08 went to the Monipuri Theatre of Moulvi Bazar.
Discussants at the programme appreciated the initiative to encourage the theatre troupes outside Dhaka. They also hoped that it would be considered as recognition of the endeavours of theatre troupes at district levels that usually do not get exposure among the theatre enthusiasts of the country.
The discussion was followed by the staging of Khudhito Pashan. Adapted by Samar Chattyapadhyay, the surrealistic play deals with the darker side of aristocracy -- oppression of women. Khudhito Pashan is directed by Khaled Khan.
Earlier a seminar was held at the same venue. Professor Bishwajit Ghosh presented the keynote paper at the seminar titled "Potential of Dramatisation of Tagore's Short Story."
Ataur Rahman, Dr. Karunamaya Goshwami and Khaled Khan discussed on Professor Ghosh's paper.
According to the paper, not much effort is needed to dramatise Tagore's short stories, as they are "full of scenes." Tagore has created inner conflict of the characters in the short stories, which is a basic requirement in drama.
Appreciating Professor Ghosh's paper, discussants expressed the view that each of Tagore's literary works can be dramatised. And more adaptations of Tagore's works will enrich our theatre, which needs quality scripts. Discussants also pointed out the importance of quality productions, without which even the classics would not attract the audience.