TEZPUR, Jan 10 - The week-long Kartik Hazarika National Theatre Festival 2019, organised by socio-cultural platform Jangam in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam, that began at Nehru Maidan here on January 3 came to an end yesterday evening.
Taking part in the event, Bollywood actor Adil Hussain said that for allround development of the young generation of the State, the government should lay stress on art education. Interacting with mediapersons here, the actor said that India has a unique position in the world because of its secular character. “It is place of people belonging to different castes, communities and religion, where issues like citizenship Bill has no place.” He urged both the State and Central governments to review the matter of the citizenship Bill.
Actor Naseeruddin Shah said he was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the people of Assam, and urged the government to take extra initiatives to promote Tezpur as the State’s culture capital.
During the week-long mega event, the genius of Ratan Thiyam intersected with the timeless text of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that kept the audience glued to their seats till the end.
Likewise, Kola Aina (Black Mirror) in Assamese and a home production of Jangam, Tezpur, was a psychological study of the vexed modern-day problem of memory loss and how a family gets together to grapple with it.
Don-Taake Bhalo Lage by Kolkata-based Chetana Club, adapted from the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and set in the middle class milieu of Kolkata by renowned playwright Arun Mukhopadhyay, is a delectable musical comedy with poignant moments of pathos.
Eserenga Rod, based on Spanish play The Sunny Morning by the brother duo of Serafin and Joaquin Alvarez Quintero and translated by Pradyut Kumar Deka and which co-starred Pranjal Saikia and Purnima Saikia Pathak, highlighted the environment of a light-hearted banter between two elderly people that takes a serious turn when a sudden trigger of memories brings them up to confront a long-forgotten memory.
Actor-directors Himani Shivpuri and Ramji Bali gave a new lease of life to two of the foremost fiction writers of Hindi literature. Hari Prakash’s Wapasi and Manu Bhandari’s Akeli studied the growing phenomenon of the breakdown as well as alienation in family relationships. Apne Paraye seamlessly combines the two stories to offer a unique play.
The event also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Assam Agitation.