Renowned theatre troupe Nagorik Natya Sampradaya has brought seven new plays on stage through Notuner Utshab 2019: Aye Natoker Ongone at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). The seven-day festival, held in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, was inaugurated today with a befitting opening ceremony.
Featuring talented directors -- Pantho Shahrear, Shamim Shagor, Hridi Huq, Saidur Rahman Lipon, Kazi Toufiqul Islam Emon, Shubhashish Sinha and Mostafiz Shahin, Nagorik is showcasing seven new plays -- Kalo Joler Kabbo by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya, Radharaman by Sunamganj Association O Bandhan Theatre, Akashey Phuitechhe Phul-Leto Kahon, by Nagorik Natyangan Bangladesh, Arupratan by Porishor, Khoabnama by Prachyanat, O Mon Papia by Manipuri Theatre and Lottery by Mongoldeep Foundation (with creative support from Nagorik Natya Sampradaya).
The festival began with Pantho Shahrear directorial Kalo Joler Kabbo, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, featuring Asaduzzaman Noor as Shylock. Renowned actor Aupee Karim also appeared in the play.
The festival will conclude on December 5 with Mostafiz Shahin’s Lottery, featuring visually impaired actors with Sara Zaker as its dramaturge.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid attended the inaugural ceremony as chief guest. Renowned Dhaka Theatre President Nasiruddin Yousuff, BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky attended the event as special guests. Nagorik Natya Sampradaya Vice President Sara Zaker, along with the General Secretary of the troupe Ataur Rahman, also delivered welcome addresses at the opening ceremony.