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Theatre festival to pay homage to Kalim Sharafi

Staff Correspondent - January 1st, 2013

Nagarik Natyangan Ensemble has arranged a weeklong theatre festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to commemorate the troupe’s late president and pioneering Tagore singer Kalim Sharafi. The festival began at the National Theatre Hall of the academy on December 27. On the inaugural day, the organising troupe staged its new play “Jugal Bandi”.
Sharafi, renowned for promoting and upholding Tagore songs across the country, had a keen interest in theatre as well. He was the president of Nagarik Natyangan Ensemble from 1997 till his death in 2010. Liaquat Ali Lucky, DG, Bangladesh Shilpalkala Academy, Jamaluddin Hossain of Nagarik Natyangan Ensemble and artist Hasem Khan, among others, spoke at the inaugural ceremony of the festival.
Jamaluddin Hossain said that Sharafi was an inspiration for his troupe and a fond admirer of theatre practices of the country. Later, a group of singers sang Rabindra Sangeet in memory of Sharafi.
The festival features plays produced by local troupes Nagarik Natyangan Ensemble, Nagarik Natyasampraday and Theatre (Bailey Road) as well as two plays by Bahurupi from Kolkata, India. Bahurupi staged “Dipdanda” and “Chha(n)ch Bhanga Murti” on December 28 and 29.
The organising troupe’s new play “Jugal Bandi” is an adaptation of a Manoj Mitra literary work. The play, directed by Jamaluddin Hossain, a political satire, depicted allegorically the story of a Sultan and his newly born conjoined twin sons.
Raizul Islam, Sayeed Rahman, Abdullah Al Mamun, Asad Quader.