Mahila Samity auditorium

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Mahila Samity auditorium
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Mahila Samity auditorium
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Location Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mahila Samity Auditorium[α] is a centre for stage productions. It played a role in promoting theatre in post-independence Bangladesh. The centre is located in the building of the Bangladesh Mahila Samity on Bailey Road in Dhaka.[1]


The centre began its journey through staging of plays by group theatres. Many theatre groups have for long been staging plays here. Despite its limited facilities, the plays staged here have helped create an appreciative audience for dramatic art in Dhaka. Its stage is rarely used for other kinds of gathering or political discussions.

The first play to be staged here was Danter Mrtyu by George Bernard Shaw. was produced by Drama Circle in 1973. The circle's subsequent productions were Banaful's Nava Sanskaran (1978), Manoj Mitra's Sajano Bagan (1980) and Vijay Tendulkar's Chup Adalat Chalchhe (1984). In 1973 the Nagarik Natya Sampraday staged Bidagdha Ramanikul, Taila Sankat, Cross Purpose and Nisiddha Pallite. Among the other theatre and cultural groups that staged plays here from time to time were Aranyak Natyadal, Dhaka Theatre, Nandanik Natya Sampraday, Dhaka Padatik, Bangladesh udichi shilpigosthi, Bibartan Sanskritik Kendra, Lokanatya Dal, Dhaka Little Theatre, Sarak Sahitya O Sanskritik Sangathan and Lion Theatre.

The first pantomime group in Bangladesh - Dhaka Pantomime (1989) - staged (1990) their plays Bakhate Chheler Parinati, Balak O Pakhi, Jele, Prem and Bangladesher Swadhinata. In this auditorium quite a few theatre groups from district towns, some from India, and a few other foreign groups participating in festivals organised by the Bangladesh chapter of the International Theatre Institute have also staged plays here. [Zillur Rahman John] [2]


  1. ^ Spelling according to auditorium's signboard
  1. ^ "Mahila Samiti's new building to have two auditoriums". The Daily Star. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Banglapedia, banglapedia 2011, national encyclopedia of Bangladesh. Web: 21.04.2011.