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Swapnadal marks Natyacharya's birth anniversary

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Sheikh Arif Bulbon :
A three-day festival arranged by theatre troupe Swapnadal marking the 67th birth anniversary of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen was held recently on the premises of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy (BSA) in the city’s Segunbagicha area.
On the concluding day, Swapnadal came to an end through a lecture. Theatre personality Ataur Rahman delivered a lecture on ‘The obstacles to flourishing Selim Al Deen’s theatre philosophy as well as the Bangla Theatre style and their remedy’ at the Rehearsal Room of the National Theatre Hall of BSA.
Chaired by International Theatre Institute president Ramendu Mazumder, theatre personality S M Mohsin, Selim Al Deen’s widow Begumzadi Mehrunnesa, JU Drama and Dramatics Department Chairman Yousuf Hasan Arko, Assistant Director of BSA Mohammad Jasim Uddin,
DU Theatre & Performance Studies Department Chairman Sudip Chakraborty and Secretary General of Bangladesh Mime Federation Rezwan Razan, among others, attended the
lecture and discussion.
The celebration began on August 18 by placing wreaths on the playwright’s grave at Jahangirnagar University
by the artistes of Swapnadal.
Later, as part of the celebrations, Dhaka Theatre arranged a ‘Selim Al Deen National Painting Competition’ at the lobby of the National Theatre Hall. Theatre personalities Mamunur Rashid inaugurated the festival
organised by Dhaka Theatre that was attended by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor as chief guest. Presided over by Taufik Hasan Moyna, Selim Al Deen’s widow Begumzadi Meherunnesa Selim was present as a special guest.
At the programme, veteran actor Raisul Islam Asad was honoured with the ‘Seilm Al Deen Padak.’
Drama and Dramatics Department of Jahangirnagar University staged  Karbalar Jari, an adaptation from Moharram part from Mir Mosharraf Hossain’s historical novel Bishad Sindhu, at the Experimental Theatre Hall of the BSA on the second day. Swapnadal staged Selim Al Deen’s much-acclaimed play Hargaj at the Experimental Theatre Hall of BSA on the opening day, while they staged a newly-revived mimodrama Jadur Prodip at the Studio Theatre Hall on the second day. Directed by Zahid Ripon, the production Jadur Prodip was produced based on Aladin’s Magic Lamp of
the Arabian Nights. n

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