The journey of 'Khwabnama' from a novel to a play

I once thought it was impossible to present the magnitude of the novel on stage.

‘Nil Chhaya’ reconjures ghosts of Bengal’s Indigo Revolution

‘Nil Chhaya' connects the Indigo Revolt to the oppressions faced by present day garment factory workers in Bangladesh.

National dance-drama festival begins at BSA today

A three-day-long national dance-drama festival has begun in Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday. The festival will be inaugurated today, and will continue on July 24 and 25.

The Manipuri Raas Leela: Where performance meets history and mythology

The Raas Leela is an important part of Manipuri culture. The term roughly means ‘dance of divine love and passion’. Dancers symbolise their spiritual love for Lord Krishna when they perform the Raas Leela. At 76, Krishnakumari Sinha is one of the most renowned artistes of this traditional art form in Bangladesh. For more than three decades, she has also been a guru to many. In a conversation with The Daily Star, Krishnakumari Sinha, along with her two disciples Sharmila Sinha and Jyoti Sinha, talk about the Manipuri Raas Leela, and their journey with it.

Celebrating the legacy of Dhaka Theatre

Dhaka Theater was founded on July 29, 1973, with the slogan, “Moulik Natok Monchayoner Maddhome Bangla Natoker Mukti”. Established by noted cultural personality and freedom fighter Nasiruddin Yousuff, along with a few other freedom fighters, the theatre troupe has also garnered acclaim by staging plays internationally. Today marks the 48th founding anniversary of Dhaka Theatre.

Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation expresses dissatisfaction over budget for cultural activities

The Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation has been demanding that one percent of the national budget be allocated to cultural affairs. However, it was not implemented in the budget this time. For this, the federation has expressed their dissatisfaction in a statement.

September 23, 2021
September 23, 2021

Afzal Hossain returns to theatre with ‘Pendulum’

Afzal Hossain is one of the most celebrated actors in the industry. Throughout the golden period of television, the multifaceted actor garnered widespread appreciation and popularity for his diverse and memorable characters.

August 11, 2021
August 11, 2021

Celebrating 49 years of Natyachakra

Natyachakra, the oldest theatre troupe in the country, has been performing on stage for the last 49 years. They have successfully produced 54 plays. “Bhaddarnok” is one of the most staged and widely acclaimed plays by this prominent group.

August 9, 2021
August 9, 2021

The Manipuri Raas Leela: Where performance meets history and mythology

The Raas Leela is an important part of Manipuri culture. The term roughly means ‘dance of divine love and passion’. Dancers symbolise their spiritual love for Lord Krishna when they perform the Raas Leela. At 76, Krishnakumari Sinha is one of the most renowned artistes of this traditional art form in Bangladesh. For more than three decades, she has also been a guru to many. In a conversation with The Daily Star, Krishnakumari Sinha, along with her two disciples Sharmila Sinha and Jyoti Sinha, talk about the Manipuri Raas Leela, and their journey with it.

July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021

Celebrating the legacy of Dhaka Theatre

Dhaka Theater was founded on July 29, 1973, with the slogan, “Moulik Natok Monchayoner Maddhome Bangla Natoker Mukti”. Established by noted cultural personality and freedom fighter Nasiruddin Yousuff, along with a few other freedom fighters, the theatre troupe has also garnered acclaim by staging plays internationally. Today marks the 48th founding anniversary of Dhaka Theatre.

June 6, 2021
June 6, 2021

Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation expresses dissatisfaction over budget for cultural activities

The Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation has been demanding that one percent of the national budget be allocated to cultural affairs. However, it was not implemented in the budget this time. For this, the federation has expressed their dissatisfaction in a statement.

May 23, 2021
May 23, 2021

Theatre and cultural activist Saiful Islam Mahmud no more

Theatre and cultural activist Saiful Islam Mahmud passed away last night. Renowned thespian Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu confirmed the news to The Daily Star.

April 3, 2021
April 3, 2021

Padatik Natya Sangsad’s ‘Prerona’ promotes autism awareness

Popular theatre troupe Padatik Natya Sangsad’s 33rd production “Prerona'' premiered at Bangladesh Mahila Samity’s Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium yesterday, marking World Autism Awareness Day. The play is written and directed by Sabil Reza Chowdhury. “Prerona” highlights the story of a child who is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021

Ten-day theatre festival underway at Bangladesh Mahila Samity

On the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, the Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation arranged a ten-day theatre festival at Bangladesh Mahila Samity. The festival was inaugurated yesterday, with the 242nd staging of the popular play, “Court Martial”, by Theatre Art Unit.

February 12, 2021
February 12, 2021

Two-day festival in remembrance of Mannan Hira begins at Shilpakala

In memory of noted playwright and Bangla Academy winner Mannan Hira, a two-day theatre festival, organised by Aranyak Natyadal, began at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) from today.

February 6, 2021
February 6, 2021

‘Kanjoosh’ brings laughter to the stage amid pandemic

Among prolific playwrights, Moliere is a household name in comedy. Adaptation of one of his most famous works, “The Miser”, translated as “Kanjoosh” has been a landmark production in the history of theatre in Bangladesh.