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POST TIME: 18 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
‘BotTala Ranga Mela 2019’ kicks off
Moon Palace from Spain to stage its play today
DL REPORTER, Dhaka

‘BotTala Ranga Mela 2019’ kicks off

Guests at the opening ceremony of the festival. Photo : Courtesy

‘BotTala Ranga Mela 2019’, a 11-day international theatre festival, kicked off at the Liberation War Museum in the capital’s Agargaon area on Saturday.

Organised by BotTala--a performance space, the third edition of the international theatre festival was inaugurated by noted theatre personality Ataur Rahman. Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Dr Md Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal was present as the chief guest in the opening ceremony while three young Bangladeshi playwrights Sadhana Ahmed, Ruma Modak and Shubhashish Sinha also attended the event as special guests.

After the inauguration, the host troupe, BotTala staged its ninth production ‘Crutcher Colonel’ as the opening play of the festival. Adapted from Shahaduz Zaman’s novel with the same name, the play has been directed by Mohammad Ali Haider.

Yesterday, Rangashram, a theatre troupe from Baharampur (India), staged its play ‘Amar Mayer Anchalkhani’ on the second day of the festival.

Today, as part of recognising eight theatre activists from eight divisions, Hemendra Chowdhury from Sylhet will be honoured today for his contribution to promote theatre in the country. Later at 7:30pm, theatre troupe Moon Palace from Spain will stage their play ‘Dilemmas with My Flamenco Tail Coat’ at the Liberation War Museum auditorium in the evening.

This year, a total of 10 theatre troupes--two troupes from Bangladesh and eight troupes from abroad--are set to stage their plays every day at 7:30pm during the festival. Along with Bangladesh, the participating countries in the festival are India, Spain, Iran and Nepal.

Some of the notable plays which have been scheduled to be staged in the festival include ‘Mysterious Gift’ (Iran), ‘4.48 Psychosis’ (Nepal), ‘Biswa Mangal’ (India), ‘Macbeth’ (Bangladesh), ‘Shluk’ (India), ‘Blackhole’ (India), ‘Acharya Profulla Chandra’ (India) and ‘Khona’ (Bangladesh).

Alongside staging plays, the festival also features screenings of documentary, discussion, song, dance, recitation and children’s plays.