NEW DELHI, Dec 30 – In an encouraging news for theatre buffs, the Northeastern States is all set to have a parallel edition of the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the international festival of drama, with three international and six national plays.
Announcing this, the chairperson of the National School of Drama Society, Ratan Thiyam said they are planning a parallel festival of the prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav. “The North East has a culturally rich and potentially strong theatre movement. Missing Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s presence in the region will be a loss to the art and culture lovers of the North East. Hence, the parallel festival is targeted in the North East this year,” he said.
Jointly briefing newsmen, NSD Director Prof Waman Kendre disclosed that a parallel festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav this year would go out to the North East with six plays this year. The NSD this year would touch Guwahati and Imphal with three international plays from Israel, Japan and Sri Lanka and three Indian plays which include a Tamasha. This parallel festival will be from January 9, to 16 next.
“Integrating theatre from all parts of the nation and also taking it to varied audience has been an integral part of the vision of NSD for Bharat Rang Mahotsav,” Ratan Thiyam added.
“Bharat Rang Mahotsav is not only about urban theatre but it also focuses on the rural and traditional theatre. Hence, NSD being the apex theatre institution of the country is reaching out to every nook and corner of the country where drama and theatre exists and survives,” Thiyam explained.
The16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav here would get underway on January 4 and culminate on January 19. This year’s international drama festival would highlight the various faces of Indian theatre and bring to the capital 71 performances by renowned theatre groups from different parts of India and the world on the same platform.
Short films on mobile theatre of Assam, Nautanki, Grotowski workshop and The Making of King Lear adapted in Hindustani are part of the programme.
Theatre groups from 17 States, will stage their performances while countries like Sri Lanka, Japan, Israel, China, Poland and Germany are slated to perform at the international festival.