Guwahati, Jan. 23: Altogether 44 one-act plays from across Assam will compete in the 35th edition of a five-day North East Jyotirupa One Act Play competition which will begin from Saturday at Rabindra Bhawan here.
The organisers told the media today that 44 plays had been selected from among 50. The first three best plays will be awarded cash prizes of Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000.
Writer Kanaksen Deka will inaugurate the competition.
“Initially, we decided to allow 35 plays to compete this year, but later we decided to allow 40. The competition will be held on January 25, 27, 28, 29 and 30,” said Naren Hazarika, general secretary of Jyotirupa, the NGO which is organising the competition.
Since its beginning in 1979, the competition has been a platform for amateur artistes to show their talent.
The working president of Jyotirupa, Dilip Baruah, said even popular actors like Adil Hussain, Zerifa Wahid and Barasha Rani Bishaya too participated in the competition during the beginning of their careers.
Although Jyotirupa decided to expand its scope in the Northeast, it has failed to get response from drama groups from other states of the region. “Earlier, a few plays from Meghalaya and Manipur participated in the festival. But this time we have received plays from only Assam ,” Baruah said. Barring Assamese, Jyotirupa failed to get competitors from languages of other communities. There will be solo acting competition from 4pm to 5pm every day before the start of a play.
The organisers said the best two drama groups would be invited to again stage their plays in the full-length drama festival organised by Jyotirupa in February. Last year, one-act plays — Jupurit Jonak presented by drama group Eagle from Tihu in Nalbari and Ostasolor Bahi presented by Pathsala Naat Mandal in Barpeta — were selected first and second and they would stage their plays next month.