Loko Natyadal, Dhaka was founded on 6th July 1981 with the commitment to stage dramas having classics to experimental form as well as very essence of life of common people. On the way of 35 years it has produced different types of 26 plays and completed 1351 nights in total so far. Remarkable plays are –Shakespeare‟s A Mid Summer Night‟s Dream; Bertolt Brecht‟s Exception & The Rule; Rabindranath Tagore‟s Rathajatra, Boikunther Khata, Boshikoron; Moliere‟s The Miser, Euripides‟s Helen, Buddhadev Basu‟s Toposhshi O Torongini; Manik Bandopadhyay‟s Padma Nadir Majhi; Kazi Nazrul‟s Madhumala; Mymensing Geetika‟s Sonai Madhav: Gao Xingjian‟s Majh Rater Manushera etc. Loko Natyadal has organised several national and international theatre festivals. Three Decades International Theatre Festival 2011 and Mymensingh Geetika Theatre Festival 2014 are the latest two. It participated in different international theatre festivals held in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Shiliguri, Cuttack, Tripura, Assam, Berhampur in India and England, Monaco, Korea, Turkey, Hongkong, Nepal etc.
PEOPLE’S THEATRE ASSOCIATION
People’s Theatre Association (PTA), a national theatre organization of Bangladesh indeed comprises a number of theatrical activities named as Loko Natyadal, People’s Little Theatre, Theatre Bank, Children’s Theatre Movement, Jono Natya Shongha, and Drama in Education Programme.
PEOPLE’S LITTLE THEATRE
To involve the children in the theatrical activities and to stage drama by them People’s Little Theatre (Children’s Theatre Troupe) was established in 1990. In the last 11 years PLT produced 15 plays and established itself one of the best children’s theatre groups in Bangladesh. People’s Little Theatre plays very important role to popularise our theatre to the international audience. The group participated many international festivals. PLT attended in 3rd and 5th International Children’s Theatre Festivals held in 1994 and 1998 in Ligen of Germany with two plays Shonghar & Bobby. The troupe participated in the World Children Theatre Festival held in the occasion of Expo Hannover 2000 Germany and performed Tasher Desh and Bajao Bishsho Veena. The group also performed both the plays in Dahlem Musium auditorium in Berlin. PLT participated in Toyama World Festival for Children’s Theatre held in Japan in 2000 with the play Roopbadaler Roopkatha. In the International Children Theatre Festival 2000 held in New Delhi, India the troupe performed its play Tasher Desh.
Theatre Bank is the first theatre information collection and documentation centre in Bangladesh. All the informations pertaining theatre from home and abroad are being collected and preserved here. To make it a resourceful and database to give assistance to research work and to arrange expositions and for the documentation purpose all the documents of theatre like posters, souvenir, leaflets, photographs of stages and theatre workers, scripts, playbooks or booklets, audio-video cassets etc are collected and preserved. It arranged 1st National Theatre Material & Information Exhibition in September 1994 at Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE MOVEMENT
To establish and expand children’s theatre activities of the country PTA runs this programme from 1991. In the last 11 years it has successfully established and integrated about 75 children’s theatre groups throghout the country who are working regularly. On its way it arranges National Children Theatre Workshops every year where almost two hundred children participate. It arranges local workshop in the devision, district and thana level and helps them to build new groups. It also arranges directors and organisers workshops time to time. PTA arranged National Children’s Theatre Festivals in 1995, 1997, 1999 & 2001.
JONO NATYA SHONGHO
With the motto ‘Education and Consciousness Through Theatre’ Jono Natya Shongho started its journey in 1990. In Bangladesh more than 50 parcent people are still illiterate. To relieve the people of this curse using the theatre as a media Jono Natya Shongho has been presenting an experimental form of theatre named Open Theatre to the mass people so that the people can learn how to read and write and they can be aware of the curse of the illiteracy and they can also have the basic knowledge of human kind.
DRAMA IN EDUCATION PROGRAMME
Drama for capability- is the main theme of this programme. The programme runs producing drama involving the students of different schools of the country to make them capable of doing all sorts of job and to make them conscious about the national history, culture, heritage and various aspects of life.