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Indian thespian to be feted in Dhaka

Ebrahim Alkazi will be honoured along with Norway's Terje Maerli, at the 'Ibsen Commemoration '06' festival in Dhaka.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 13:18 IST

Indian theatre personality Ebrahim Alkazi will be honoured at an international theatre festival in Dhaka to commemorate the centennial death anniversary of eminent Norwegian playwright Henrik Johan Ibsen.

Alkazi will be honoured for outstanding contribution to theatre along with Norway's Terje Maerli at the 11-day 'Ibsen Commemoration '06' festival beginning Wednesday.

The festival will combine theatre performances, painting exhibitions and discussions and staging of one-act plays by troupes from different universities.

Besides these events, scholars and theatre practitioners from Asia, Europe and Africa will participate in the International Ibsen Conference.

The keynote address will be presented by Norwegian author Merete Morken Andersen.

Convenor of the festival Kamaluddin Nilu, also general secretary of Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT), said: "Seventy three countries are celebrating Ibsen Commemoration '06 to observe the death centennial of Henrik Ibsen. And 'Ibsen Commemoration '06 in Bangladesh' is the biggest of its kind in Asia. CAT in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and supported by Royal Norwegian Embassy is organising the festival."

Ibsen (1828-1906) is known for his satirical plays. Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House are among his well known plays.