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Drama fest from Sunday

Feb. 20: Come Sunday, Guwahatians will learn about the story of the wail of a spirit of an unknown bride, which sent shivers down the spines of villagers in Morigaon.

Director Mrinal Kumar Bora will showcase the story in his drama Koina konda xil during the Radha Govinda Baruah Full-Length Drama Festival, to be held from February 24 to 28 at Rabindra Bhawan.

The plays, according to the organisers, will not only entertain the audience but also make them ponder on various social issues. “For example, Xoponor ghar deals with a very relevant social issue — how family bonds are loosening because of materialism,” said Roman Sarma, vice-president of Jyotirupa, the festival organisers.

This is the fifth edition of the event, organised in memory of Radha Govinda Baruah, a visionary who worked throughout his life for development of the city.

The plays will be staged at 6pm on all days and entry is free. The organisers said the plays have been selected based on suggestions by prominent drama personalities like Arun Sarma.

“We invite theatre groups based on suggestions by renowned drama personalities. When a play talks about our social life and is fit for staging here, we invite those groups,” said another organiser.

Moneybag, directed by Sanjay Kar and staged by Natyabhumi from Tripura, tells the tale of degradation of an honest man who failed to resist temptation for money and his final attempt to recover his honour,” said Dilip Baruah, working president of Jyotirupa.

“Each play will be less than two hours long. We request the people to come and enjoy them. For the last four years, the response has been huge. We are hopeful that people will also make this year’s festival a grand success,” said an organiser.

Jyotirupa is a socio-cultural organisation with multiple objectives including socio-cultural activities, accord reception and felicitation for aged artistes, work for welfare of artistes, assist ailing artistes and their families and hold cultural competitions.