Mime mastery begins at Shilpakala today

Published : 21 Mar 2024 09:11 PM

Today, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in conjunction with Bangladesh Mime Federation (BMF) is poised to celebrate World Mime Day on March 22nd, paying homage to the 101st birth anniversary of the illustrious French mime artist, Marcel Marceau.

The event, scheduled for today, will commence at 7:30 PM, featuring a diverse array of programs at the academy premises. The evening will commence with an insightful discussion on Marcel Marceau's life and legacy, led by Liakat Ali Lucky, Director General of Shilpakala Academy, alongside esteemed guests such as Director François Grosjean of Alliance Française de Dhaka, BSA Secretary Salahuddin Ahmed, and Chairman Dr. Esrafil Ahmed of the Drama and Theatre Department at Jahangirnagar University. The event will be presided over by Zahid Repon, Chairman of BMF.

Subsequently, attendees will be treated to a captivating rendition of Shakespeare's classic tragedy "Macbeth," reimagined in the captivating art form of mime. Directed by Zahid Repon and reconstructed by Juana Sobnom, the play promises to offer a unique and immersive experience, exploring themes of ambition, power, and the consequences of tyranny.

This rendition of "Macbeth" marks a significant milestone as it is the first time the renowned tragedy will be presented in its entirety as a mime drama on stage. The talented cast includes Juana Sobnom, Hasan, Sumaiya, Nishak, Shishir, Shyamal, Zebu, Anindya, and Orka, portraying various roles.

It's noteworthy that the Ministry of Cultural Affairs is generously funding this 13th staging of "Macbeth" on World Mime Day, underscoring the government's commitment to supporting cultural endeavors in Bangladesh.Today's celebration holds immense significance as it pays tribute to Marcel Marceau's enduring influence on the art of mime, following his birth on March 22, 1923, in Strasbourg, France. His legacy continues to inspire artists worldwide, and his name remains synonymous with excellence in mime artistry.

This event serves as a poignant tribute to Marcel Marceau's lasting impact and reaffirms the universal language of mime that transcends borders and cultures.