Prachyanat, one of the top theatre troupes of the country, is representing Bangladesh at the first Asian Youth Theatre Festival 2017, being held at Singapore. The three-day festival, organised by Buds Theatre began yesterday and is seeing participation of one troupe each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Phillippines and Bangladesh, along with five troupes from Singapore.
Prachyanat will hold two stagings of their play “Bede'r Meye” at the festival, a folk classic written by Polli Kabi Jasimuddin that revolves around the life of Champabati, a member of the nomadic snake charmer community. Prachyanat veteran Md. Saiful Islam has directed the play, and will be leading the 12-member troupe delegation. The play will be staged today, and again tomorrow as the closing production of the festival.
Aside from the performances, Prachyanat will also facilitate a workshop on Bangladeshi traditional folk music and dance, in which representatives from all participating countries will participate. The workshop will shed light on the millennium-old music, dance, lifestyle and spirituality, with folk forms like Jari, Sari, Bhatiali, Kobi Gaan, Alkap, Gambhira, PuNthi, Lathi Khela, Gazi'r Gaan, Dhamail and more.