| Gauhati University |
Guwahati, Sept. 26: Eminent theatre personalities, critics, researchers and scholars from Assam and other parts of the country will come together at Gauhati University for a two-day seminar on Indian theatre from Friday.
The national-level seminar on Modernity and Indian Theatre, hosted by the university’s English department, will not only be a forum for discussion but also provide a glimpse of the rich and vibrant Assamese theatre through performances by local exponents.
Theatre academic and critic, Ananda Lal, who is also a professor of Jadavpur University, will deliver the keynote address on Modern Indian Theatre: Home Truths and Hyped Myths, on the opening day. A plenary session on Assamese theatre tradition, Practitioners of Modern Theatre: Special Focus on Assam, will also be held during the seminar.
Eminent Assamese theatre personalities like Baharul Islam, Dulal Roy, Kulada Kumar Bhattacharya and Jaganath Mahanta, an exponent of Aankia Naat, will speak during the session. Jonaki Kareng, a theatre troupe will stage Assamese playwright Pranab Barman’s Bagh Bahadur in Dhulia tradition.
“Indian theatre is very old and dance form has been an integral part of it. But over the years, it has evolved. The seminar will focus on Indian theatre through both its historical and contemporary contexts. The discussion will be on what elements brought modernism to our theatre,” said Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri, assistant professor of the English department.
“During the plenary session, eminent Assamese theatre personalities will not just speak on the rich Assamese theatre but we will also showcase our tradition before the participants from across the country. Jaganath Mahanta will also stage Aankia Naat where the focus will be on how modernity has influenced the theatre tradition,” she added.