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One-act play fest to focus on social ills

Jan. 24: Women artistes will send a strong message against witch-hunting on the inaugural day of the 34th Jyotirupa North East One Act Play contest.

The three-day competition will be held from January 28 to 30 at Rabindra Bhawan. On the first day, Milijuli Mahila Xamiti, a women’s organisation, will stage Daini Hatya (Killing of a Witch) with an avowed aim to expose the factors that lead to killing of innocent people who are branded witches.

“Around 30 drama groups from across the Northeast will participate in the contest,” an organiser said.

Kola Bazaar (by Sadou Asom Suraksha Parishad, Guwahati), Jupurit Jonak (Eagle, Tihu), Nisabda Bahni (Ruprangam Theatre Centre, Guwahati), Daponat Dukhan Mukh (Sandhan Natyagosthi, Sarthebari), Jonaki Banar Xadhu (Sankar Natyasangha, Guwahati), Dowarar Endhar Phali Ejak Jonaki Poruwa (Samanway Natya Bidyalay, Nalbari), Astasolor Banhi (Pathsala), Xokolo Jatiye Mad Khay Rabhar Uthe Naam (Rang-Rag, Guwahati), Xonar Kharu Nelage Mok (Dibya Kalakendra, Duliajan), Asukh (Dalangghat Agragami Natyagosthi, Guwahati) and Aadipath (Mancha, Dimu-Dobak Chariali) are some of the plays that will be enacted during the festival.

Jyotirupa is an organisation with multiple objectives, including socio-cultural activities. It felicitates aged artistes, work for artistes’ welfare, assist ailing artistes and their families and organise cultural competitions.

“We contacted different organisations in different districts and asked them to send scripts. We have received huge response from them. Various organisations from far-flung areas had sent applications to take part in the competition,” said a member of Jyotirupa.

Although the organisers initially considered to make it a four-day contest, they later cut it to three.

The member said themes of most of the plays are burning problems plaguing society.

“Most of the plays are staged by amateur groups. In their plays, we see an effort to deal with the burning issues,” he said.

Last year, the organisers dedicated their souvenir on Bhupen Hazarika to show their love and respect for the singer. The souvenir had an article by Hazarika (written in 2005) on his experiences in different countries as well as his viewpoint on art and music.

The fifth Singha Purush Radha Govinda Baruah Memorial Invitational Full-length Drama Festival will be held at Rabindra Bhawan from February 24 to 28.