The 6th 10-day ‘Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Drama Festival’ began at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) here on Friday.
Ganga-Jamuna Natyautsab Parishad organised the festival featuring plays and cultural performances by 29 theatre troupes and 63 cultural organisations at four different venues of BSA, reports UNB.
Prominent theatre personality Aly Zaker inaugurated the festival while Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present at the opening ceremony as the chief guest at the BSA National Theatre Hall.
Stressing on the importance of cultural practice to tackle militancy and religious extremism, the minister said this cultural festival with the participation of two countries will further strengthen the ties of mutual cooperation and unity of the people of India and Bangladesh in tackling the menace.
Convener of the festival and president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote Golam Kuddus presided over the ceremony while Secretary of India-Bangladesh Foundation Rajesh Yuki, International Theatre Institute honorary president Ramendu Majumder and thespian Mamunur Rashid attended the inaugural ceremony as special guests.
A total of 26 local and three Indian theatre troupes - Anik, Ruchiranga and Ganakristi -- are participating in the festival to entertain the audience through their stage performances.
Three shows will be held every day at National Theatre Hall, Experimental Theatre Hall and Studio Theatre Hall while street plays, recitation, dance and musical performances will be arranged on the premises of National Theatre Hall of the academy as part of the festival.
The festival has been dedicated to Indian late thespian Amalesh Chakrabarty, who along with his theatre troupe Anik, had organised Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Festival in India for years.
A festival committee has been organising the festival separately since 2012 in Bangladesh.