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Jatra troupe Desh Opera celebrates 20th anniversary

Cultural Correspondent

A scene from Bargi Elo Deshe staged on Friday. — Ali Hossain MintuA scene from Bargi Elo Deshe staged on Friday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Noted jatra troupe Desh Opera celebrated its 20th founding anniversary through a two-day pala presentation at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy which began on Friday.
The two-day festival tilted Jagarani Jatra Utsab comprised of two palas by Desh Opera and conferring of Amalendu Biswas Padak. 
On the second day of the celebration programme Desh Opera staged their popular pala Nawab Siraj-ud-Doula.
Earlier, on Friday, the celebration was inaugurated by Ranjit Kumar Biswas, secretary of cultural affairs ministry, in presence of chief guest Ramendu Majumdar, world-wide president of International Theatre Institute, and special guest thespian Ataur Rahman.
This year three theatre and jatra artistes were conferred with the Amalendu Biswas Padak. Chittagong-based theatre activist Shishir Dutt, jatra artiste Gauranga Aditya and first Muslim female jatra artiste Jahanara Begum received the award at the programme.
Following the award giving ceremony, Desh Opera staged Bargi Elo Deshe. Written and directed respectively by Brajendra Kumar Dey and Tapash Sarkar, the pala addressed a historical phase when Bargi (The Marathas) used to invade Bengal during 1741-1751.
Noted jatra artistes Milon Kanti Dey, Tapash Sarkar, Shishir Rahman entertainingly enacted Bengal’s resistance towards Bargi.
‘Desh Opera always presents palas in a moderate form. We do not use extra dance-pieces to amuse audience. We try to produce in a form that can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages,’ said Milon Kanti Dey, owner of Desh Opera.  
A moderate number of urban audience enjoyed the jatrapala at the hall. ‘It will be better if jatra troupes use modern techniques to make their productions more accessible to urban audience,’ opined Ataur Rahman.




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