March 12, 2018

Kismat Bano Launches Mini Theatre for City Kids

Young theatre talent, Kismat Bano’s long cherished dream of training children in the art of acting finally came true when a mini theatre hall at her residence was launched recently. Constructed mostly with funds from Bano’s savings, with her father Liaquat Ali contributing the rest, the mini theatre hall, with a capacity of 75, is located atop their house at Dhirenpara.

The inauguration programme was followed by the staging of two plays - ‘Bidhyabalan’ (Assamese), directed by Naren Patgiri and ‘Bade Bhaisahab’ (Hindi), directed by Dilip Khanal.

Bano, who is in her early 20s, has earned critical appreciations with her performances across the country. She has acted in over 25 plays in several different languages, including Hindi and English.

Kismat Bano was also conferred with the prestigious annual Young Talents Artistes Award for the year 2016-2017 by the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture, last year.

Bano, who is also a recipient of a scholarship from the ministry, has been pouring a huge amount of passion and hard work into her craft,  in major drama festivals across the country as well as abroad. Two of her most recent plays staged in Guwahati and other cities, ‘Helen’ and ‘Bano’, received critical appreciation from theatre-goers across the country.

Her troupe 'Wings Theatre' has been established with a view to use theatre as a educative venture for children, and conducting theatre performance-oriented workshops for orphans and indigenous girls in rural areas, and working with blind children of Guwahati to promote theatre.

Prantik Deka