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RG Baruah drama fest begins
Staff Reporter

Actress Bidya Rao inaugurating the Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Full Length Drama Festival at the District Library auditorium in Guwahati on Sunday. – Photo: Samarendra Sarma
 GUWAHATI, Feb 24 - The 11th Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Full Length Drama Festival, organised by socio-cultural organisation Jyotirupa, was inaugurated today by veteran actress Bidya Rao at the District Library auditorium here.

The five-day fest, which would culminate on February 28, got under way with popular play Chameli Memsaab, originally written by journalist and writer Nirode Choudhury and adapted in a screenplay by eminent Assamese film personality Abdul Majid. The play staged today by Nat Bithika of Guwahati was directed by Smita Barman and edited by Abdul Majid’s son Nesimul Majid and Smita Barman.

In her inaugural speech, Rao said she was immensely happy to get an opportunity to inaugurate the prestigious festival.

Speaking as the distinguished guest on the occasion, Asam Sahitya Sabha president Paramananda Rajbongshi said the multidimensional personality of RG Baruah touched every aspect of the social life of Assam, the drama being one of them.

“Jyotirupa, under its president and RG Baruah’s son PG Baruah, has been working relentlessly to keep the tradition alive. Apart from promoting drama, the organisation has been doing a lot of other activities to promote culture and tradition,” he added.

Popular actor and Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation chairman Jatin Bora also lauded the initiative taken by Jyotirupa.

Earlier, Jyotirupa president PG Baruah welcomed the guests and felicitated them with phoolam gamosa.

On February 25, Atmasuddhi directed by Deepamoni Bora would be staged by Ashray group of Guwahati. Prakash Medhi is the playwright of the play.

On February 26, Guernica group of Guwahati would stage Lady Macbeth, directed by Himangshu Prasad Das.

Malancha, based on Rabindranath Tagore’s story, would be staged by JB Production, Tezpur, on February 27 under the direction of Abinash Sarma.

Miss Julie would be staged on the last day of the festival on February 28. Based on August Strindberg’s play of the same name, Miss Julie would be staged in the Hindi language.

Eminent film director Abdul Majid was fondly remembered on the occasion for inspiring Jyotirupa to organise a full-length drama festival in the hallowed memory of RG Baruah. “It was RG who not only inspired but also encouraged us to hold this festival,” said Jyotirupa vice-president Roman Sarma. Earlier, the organisation’s general secretary Naren Hazarika formally welcomed the guests.

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