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Swapnadal participates in three India fests

Theatre troupe Swapnadal has participated in three theatre festivals in India recently.

The troupe staged its monodrama Helen Keller at two international theatre festivals and one local theatre festival in India, said a press release.

Helen Keller, written by Apurba Kumar Kundu and directed by Zahid Repon, was staged in sixth Natyasamparka at Naihati Oikatan Mancha organised by Sabuj Sangskritik Kendra on September 16 and Banga Natyaranga Festival organised by Nrityaniketan Dance Group and School on September 17 in Shantiniketan’s Srijani Mancha. The production was also staged at Khola Hawa 2022 organised by Ashoknagar Natyamukh at Amal Alo Mancha on September 19.

Besides, Swapnadal’s chief secretary Zahid Repon delivered a speech titled Natyadarshane Rabindranath-Badal Sarkar-Selim Al Deen Ebong Bangla Natyariti at 6th Natyashamparka on September 15.

The troupe returned to Dhaka on September 22.

Helen Adams Keller, born on June 27, 1880, was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the USA. She was an author, political activist and lecturer. She spoke about women’s empowerment, protested at racism and other issues.

The play also shows Helen as a women and human rights activist, influenced by philosophies of Rabindranath Tagore, Charlie Chaplin, Mark Twain, Kennedy and Einstein. Juyena Shabnam acted as Helen Keller in the play.

Till date, the play has been staged 43 times in different local and foreign festivals.

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