STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The 34th Jyotirupa North East One Act Play Competition 2012-13 began today at Rabindra Bhawan here. The event aims at encouraging and providing a platform to the amateur theatre groups to showcase their talent.
Kamal Hazarika addressing the inaugural function on Monday. – AT
Noted artiste and lyricist Kamal Hazarika, who inaugurated the four-day event, expressed his pleasure at being invited to the programme and said that this competition will give a glimpse into the recent developments in the field of theatre in the State.
“I want to see the competition as I am very interested to know about the developments taking place in the domain of theatre,” said Hazarika.
Hazarika voiced his admiration for the technical and thematic marvels that theatre in the State has been displaying over the years and said that some of these achievements have also been hailed in foreign countries. He further said that the progress of theatre is a positive sign for the State.
Hazarika was given a warm felicitation by the Jyotirupa executive committee. He also released the Jyotirupa souvenir on the occasion.
It needs to be mentioned here that this competition over the years has recorded the transitions taking place in the field of theatre. The participating groups, mostly amateur groups, have been capturing the upheavals and chaos perceptible on the social, political, economic and cultural fronts in the State. The thematic variation is one outstanding feature of the competition. This year, too, the participating groups will not only compete for the prize money but also unfold the ills and challenges faced by the society through the plays revolving around a wide range of issues.
Day one of the competition began with Daini Hatya staged by the Milijuli Mahila Samity. This play highlighted the evil of witch-hunting that has become a matter of grave concern in the State. The play made an attempt to show how helpless women are targeted by a greedy section.