Prachyanat is a theatre group of Bangladesh. It is very famous in Bangladesh. It was founded in 1997.[1]

FounderAzad Abul Kalam
  • Kataban, Dhaka
Area served
ProductPromote knowledge of Art and culture through performance.


In 1997, a group of young theatre enthusiasts realized that, in order to express their common ideas about art and theatre, they must work from a common platform. The result was generated by opening a new theatre group in February 1997 with the name Prachyanat.[2]


In the last eighteen years Prachyanat had eleven full length productions. Among these, two plays are written by the members of Prachyanat. One play of Prachyanat is a translated version of A Man for All Seasons, by the British playwright Robert Bolt.[3] Another play of Prachyanat is "Gondar" (The Rhinoceros) from playwright Eugene Ionesco.[4] In 2009 Prachyanat brought out a modernist version of Rabindranath’s symbolic play Raja ebong Onnanno.[5] In 2009, Ibsen’s play "Punarjonmo" was made.[6] Another is "The Hairy Ape", which is written by Eugene O'Neill and directed by Barker Bakul.[7] Koinna, a play which is directed by Azad Abul Kalam, Murad Khan's script is based on a myth from the north-west of Bangladesh about ‘Koinnapir’.[8] A play titled "Kinu Kaharer Thetar" is performed which is written by Manoj Mitra and directed by Kaji Taufiqul Islam Imon.[9] In 2010, Prachyanat staged titled "Mayer Mukh", a translation of Arnold Wesker’s play.[10] In the year of 2014, Prachyanat produced a play titled "Tragedy of Polashbari", script and directed by Azad Abul Kalam.[11]

Prachyanat Musical EnsembleEdit

Prachyanat Musical Ensemble is a group with a fluid membership, mostly theater performers with musical abilities rather than professional musicians. Its first performance was in 2002.[12] It specializes in the folk music of Bangladesh and West Bengal, and also renders popular songs from Prachyanat's plays, such as "Matitey Milay Matir Manush" from A Man for All Seasons, and others from Circus Circus and Koinya.[13][14]

The musical ensemble took their production Phul, Phaki O Nodi'r Gaan (Music of the flowers, birds and rivers) on tour to Kathmandu, Nepal. The five-day tour in July 2009 was at the invitation of the out-going Bangladeshi Ambassador, Imtiaz Ahmed. Pieces performed included Shah Abdul Karim's song "Jhilmil jhilmil" as well as new compositions. According to a review in The Himalayan Times, "most of the numbers had an ethnic folk touch and the musicians played traditional as well as modern instruments".[13][15]

Theatre-lab ProductionsEdit

Prachyanat runs a laboratory theatre where different theatre can experiment their ideas. In fact, regular exercises of the members of the group make to grow up the plays such as Bom Boma Bum Bum, Fouzholt, Vomra (The Wasp), 2×2, Lal Jatra [16] and so on. A few plays already produced in the Prachyanat theatre-lab and some plays are theatrical adaptations of western theatre canon.[17]

Prachyanat for childrenEdit

There are some plays which are written for the children by some of our creative minds. It introduces our children to this wonderful world of theatre. The unique character of the programme is that to approach different schools and educational institutions for an offer to invite to perform in the plays for the children, specially 8 – 15 years children. The performances are designed in classrooms or common rooms little demand for light and set design. Some plays are: Drighanchu (The Magic Crow); Tota Kahini (Educating the Parrot); Kupokat; Bagher Shaja; Tuni o Raja and so on.[18]

Theater in the openEdit

These plays are highly appreciated and have made success in terms of audience response and general demand. These performances are designed to be performed on any makeshift stage and the structural preparations so that the arrangement at the easiest possible time keeping the cost at a minimum. The short duration of these plays makes it happened that they are produced with economy of performance, dialogue, plot development and so on. There are so many plays done by Prachyanat such as Kandte Mana (Never say Cry); Dui Boloder Golpo (Two Oxen); Dorir Khela (A Game of Ropes); Bish Panchali (A Tale of Poison); No Man's Land; Mandar (the tree) and so on.[19]


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  2. ^ "Profile". Prachyanat. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Prachyanat staged 'A Man for All Seasons'". The Daily Star. 28 September 2011.
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  5. ^ "Rabindra Theatre Fest '11". The Daily Star. 15 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Punorjonmo (When We Dead Awaken)". Prachyanat.
  7. ^ "Prachyanat stages Bon Manush". Daily Sun. Dhaka. 3 August 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Prachyanat stages 'Koinna' Aug 13". The Independent. Dhaka.
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  10. ^ "Prachyanat to stage Mayer Mukh". Dhaka Tribune.
  11. ^ "'Tragedy Palashbari' to be staged in Kolkata Int'l Theatre Fest". The Independent. Dhaka.
  12. ^ "Musical Ensemble". Prachyanat. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Prachyanat's Musical Ensemble to go to Nepal". The Daily Star. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  14. ^ Mahmud, Jamil (12 June 2011). "'A Man for All Seasons': When Silence Doesn't Mean Consent". The Daily Star. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Bangladeshi beats and art". The Himalayan Times. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
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  17. ^ "Theatre-lab Productions". Prachyanat.
  18. ^ "Prachyanat for the Children". Prachyanat.
  19. ^ "Theatre in the Open". Prachyanat.