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- 5-day theatre festival with social focus next month

Theatre enthusiasts will get a spectacular opportunity to watch artistes — big and small and from across the country — take centre stage in Ranchi next month.

A five-day Akhil Bharatiya Theatre Festival, with focus on social issues, will begin in the state capital in the first week of March.

Performers from Bihar, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, besides Jharkhand, will be part of this prestigious event.

The festival, being organised by the state art and culture department for Rs 7 lakh, aims to provide a platform to lesser-known theatre groups to reach out to a larger audience through their acting skills.

Local groups like Yuva Rangmanch, Abhigyan Parishad and Sanskar Bharati will perform during the festival. The event will also see the presence of some reputable theatre groups and directors.

Assistant director of art and culture department Vijay Paswan did not provide the exact date of the event’s gala opening or confirm its venue.

“We plan to host the festival in the first week of next month. The venue will either be the Senate Hall of Ranchi University or Kala Bhavan in Hotwar,” he said.

He added that every day two groups would perform, taking the total number of performances to 10. There will be 20 artistes in one group.

Ajay Malkani, who runs Yuva Rangmanch and has been promoting theatre in the city for 25 years, said he was glad to be a part of the festival.

“We perform regularly not just in Ranchi, but also across the country. Our city is gradually developing taste for performing arts, which is great news,” he added.

Since the inception of Yuva Rangmanch, Malkani has directed 45 plays. The most notable of them being Ulgulan ka Ant Nahin.