POST TIME: 20 November, 2018 03:39:54 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 November, 2018 10:27:58 AM
‘Dhaka University Theatre Festival 2018’ begins today
Theatre Art Unit to stage ‘Amina Sundari’ on opening day
DL desk, Dhaka

‘Dhaka University Theatre Festival 2018’ begins today

The second edition of ‘Dhaka University (DU) Theatre Festival’, organised by Dhaka University Cultural Society, is set to kick off today at the Teachers’ and Students’ Centre (TSC) Auditorium of DU in the capital.

DhakaLive has news that three renowned troupes of the country, namely Theatre Art Unit, BotTala and Desh Natak are scheduled to stage their audience-admired plays during the three-day theatre festival. Apart from staging plays, the festival will be honouring noted theatre personalities at the inauguration ceremony today.

After the inauguration ceremony, the festival will be opened with the much-acclaimed play ‘Amina Sundari’ by Theatre Art Unit.

Late noted thespian SM Solaiman dramatised the play ‘Amina Sundari’ from a 300-year-old folktale from the Chattogram region, ‘Nachhar Malum O Bhelua Sundari’, periodically theatricalised by various hands since the 1960s.

The play is directed by Rokeya Rafique Baby which describes the heroine’s loyalty to her husband who sailed to Myanmar, where he deceptively remarries. After ten years of travel, Amina lands in the clutches of a merchant, into whose house her now destitute husband stumbles. He recognises her, but the first thing he asks is about her chastity.

The three actresses performed the role of Amina brought out the feminist theme un-melodramatically, while the men behave like rank villains or fools. Even though the story is 300 years old, it’s still the persistent reality of almost all women and households in the male dominated society which made the play as the story of thousands of women, portrayed by three Aminas.

The probable casts of the play include Tania Chowdhury, Shimul Khan, Ferdous Amin Biplob, Sadia Safa, Deepta Rakkhita, Proshanta Haldar, Sujan, Abul Hasnat, Saif Suman, Swadhin Shah, Kamruzzaman Millat and Chandan Reza, among others.

During the three-day festival till November 22, the play will be staged at 6pm every day.

Tickets will cost BDT 50 each play which will be available in front of the hall before the shows.