KATHMANDU: Theatre is a mirror of society and must be able to reflect social reality before their audience,” said Kamaluddin Nilu, renowned theatre director from Bangladesh underlining the purpose of theatre.
Nilu was on a two-day visit to Kathmandu to invite theatre personalities of Nepal to participate in the International Theatre Festival in Dhaka, which his going to be held this November.
“Around 200 scholars and theatre personalities from around the world will be participating in this 10-day festival where Nepal will be participating with its play Master Builder, informed Nilu, who is widely well known as the unconventional interpreter of Henrik Ibsen’s plays.
“The motive of this festival is to provide a forum for scholars to interpret Ibsen from Asian perspectives,” stated Nilu who is a visiting Professor and Researcher at the Olaska University’s Centre for Ibsen Study in Norway.
Nilu has directed more than 70 plays including plays like Urubhangam, 3 P in Opera, The Lesson, which are famous at national and international levels.
His directorial work covers a wide range of plays, from classical Sanskrit to contemporary western ones which are experimental, blending modern and traditional forms, techniques and devices, and combining an extensive use of colour symbolism, dialogue, music, and choreographed movement.
“Artistic expression should be used to represent social reality in a way that the audience feels that they are a part of the play rather than as mere spectators,” he said explaining the requisites needed to be a competent theatre director.
It has been almost been 28 years since he started his career in theatre first as an actor, then as a director. “It was almost impossible to survive as a theatre artiste in Bangladesh when I started my career. Together with theatre, I also worked in films” recalled Nilu, who once was a popular film star in Bangladesh. “It was fame achieved through films that made it easy for me to get established in theatre. But the scenario is changing as professionalism is developing,” he shared, who established the Centre of Asian Theatre (CATS), the only professional theatre in Bangladesh, in 1994.
Nilu though has been to Nepal just twice, seemed very much lured by Nepali theatre and said, “I am planning to direct a Nepali play called Request Consult, that is scheduled to be presented before Nepali audience in Gurukul on December 12.”
“Though Nepali theatre is doing its best, it must be supported by the government for their professional development,” Nilu added.