POST TIME: 14 January, 2019 09:05:51 AM
Remembering Natyacharya Selim Al Deen on 11th death anniv
Swapnadal to stage ‘Hargaj’ at BSA today
DL Reporter

Remembering Natyacharya Selim Al Deen on 11th death anniv

A scene from the play ‘Hargaj’. Photo : courtesy

Theatre troupe Swapnadal is set to stage ‘Hargaj’, a much-acclaimed play of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen, at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital this evening. The play will be brought to the stage on the playwright’s 11th death anniversary today as a part of the six-day commemorative festival.

Swapnadal has arranged the six-day festival titled ‘Natyacharya Selim Al Deen Smaran Utsab 2019’ (Natyacharya Selim Al Deen Memorial Festival 2019) this year from January 10 to 15.

Today, Swapnadal will bring out a procession from the Old Art Faculty of Jahangirnagar University and will place floral wreaths at the grave of Selim Al Deen on the campus at 9:30am.

The troupe will stage ‘Hargaj’ at the Experimental Theatre Hall of BSA at 7pm. Based on a true story, Hargaj, an outstanding work by Selim Al Deen, has been directed by Zahid Repon, a disciple of the playwright.

Hargaj is the name of a village under Manikganj district, which was ravaged by a tornado in the summer of 1989. Selim visited the village after three days and depicted vividly the aftermath of the natural disaster in his play. ‘Hargaj’ was written in April 1992. Through the play, the master playwright not only portrayed the devastation caused by the tornado, but also raised questions about the mode of rescue operations and relief initiatives.

The six-day event will come to an end tomorrow with the staging of the play ‘Chitrangada’ by the troupe Swapnadal at the Studio Theatre Hall of BSA.

Born on August 18, 1949, in Feni, Selim Al-Deen joined Jahangirnagar University in 1974 as a faculty in its Bangla department and later became the founder-chairperson of the Department of Drama and Dramatics of the university.

‘Shorpo Bishoyok Golpo’ (Story about Snakes), his first play for the theatre, was staged in 1972.

He founded Dhaka Theatre in 1973. Dhaka Theatre, the leading theatre group of the country, has played a pivotal role in the country’s progressive drama movement, and has staged almost all of Selim Al Deen’s plays. His plays like ‘Kirtonkhola’, ‘Bashon’, ‘Atotai’, ‘Saifulmulk Badiuzzaman’, ‘Keramat Mangal’, ‘Haat Hodai’, ‘Chaka’, ‘Joiboti Koinnar Mon’, ‘Muntaserer Fantasy’, and ‘Nimojjan’ have enhanced the quality of the local theatre. He passed away on January 14 in 2008.