Marking the occasion of World Theatre Day 2022, thespians and theatre activists in the country joined a celebration programme held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital on Sunday.

The academy, in collaboration with the Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation and the Bangladesh Pathnatak Parishad, co-organized the event in the BSA's National Theatre Hall.

The programme featured discussion, awards ceremony and cultural show, starting with a colourful procession at 5 pm from the BSA premises followed by a discussion at 6 pm.

"Natya Sarathi" famed eminent thespian Ataur Rahman joined the discussion session as its chief guest, while Sammilita Sangskritik Jote President Ghulam Quddus was present as the special guest.

The discussion was presided over by BSA Director General and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky.

At the event, eminent thespian Masud Ali Khan and Arham Alo were conferred with the "Bishwa Natya Dibas Sammanana" for their dedication and contribution to the group theatre culture in the country since the 60s'.

Artist Nasim Ahmed Nadvi received the award on behalf of Masud Ali Khan, who could not attend the programme due to health issues.

Thespian Afroza Banu presented a translation of American theatre director Peter Sellars' statement on World Theatre Day 2022.

The welcoming address was presented by the BGTF's acting Secretary General Chandan Reza, while Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation praesidium member Ananta Hira delivered a message, written by Ataur Rahman.

Pathnatak Parishad President Mizanur Rahman and General Secretary Ahmed Gias were also present at the ceremony.

After the discussions, the cultural segment featured several group songs and dance recitals performances, showcased by noted musicians and dance groups.

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1962 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). This year marks the 60th anniversary of the day.

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