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Local, foreign troupes present traditional art forms: Shilpakala Academy

Local and some foreign troupes presented traditional art forms of their respective countries at the two-day Asian Theatre Summit at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy which ended on Saturday.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and People’s Theatre Association, in association with cultural affairs ministry, jointly organised the summit. The initiative, however, was taken by Asian Regional Centre of International Amateur Theatre Association.
Four district-based traditional performing arts troupes entertained the audience at Studio Theatre Hall on Friday following the presentation of articles by researchers from different Asian countries.
Artistes from Kurigram presented Kushan Jatra which features the story of the two sons of Rama.
Kushtia-based artistes entertained the audience by presenting Padmar Nachan, which narrates the story of snake goddess Monosha.
Narail-based artistes presented Ashtak Gaan and Kishoreganj-based troupe presented Rang Jari.
Next foreign artistes from Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia presented colourful dance recital at Friday’s programme.
Local artistes from ethnic communities also captivated the audience presenting traditional dance.
Local troupe Desh Opeara staged the jatra pala Ganga Theke Buriganga at the concluding day’s event. Written by Shanti Ranjan Dey and directed by Milan Kanti Dey, the story of the jatra pala goes six centuries back depicting the struggle for freedom of people of Bengal through the story of war between the then ruler of Bengal Sultan Shamsuddin Illias Shah and emperor of Delhi Feroz Shah.
Next a Barisal-based troupe presented Ramjatra, which through singing, dance and acting presented the story of epic battle between Hindu deity Rama and king of Lanka Ravana.
The two-day Asian Theatre Summit began on Friday with participation of over 30 theatre researchers and activists from 16 countries.
bdtodays.com/rdhasan/09 May 2017
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