| A still from Hum Hi Apna Aap. Telegraph picture |
Jorhat, March 24: Theatre lovers have a treat in store for them with the National School of Drama holding a five-day drama fest here for the first time in Upper Assam from Wednesday. The festival will also be held at Ban Theatre in Tezpur from tomorrow.
Addressing a news conference here, Sudhir B. Kulkarni, director, theatre and education, Tripura wing of NSD, said the festival, which would have free entry, was aimed to draw the interest of the youth towards drama.
“This is just a beginning. We usually hold such festivals in big cities and towns but we have now decided to go to the smaller towns to draw the attention of the youth to drama so that this art form in this fast-paced world does not die out. We want to amalgamate the energy of youth with the experience of the elders and bring about a movement,” he said.
He said NSD director Wamar Kendre had recently announced in Mumbai that NSD planned to hold drama competitions at the school level to attract the young and those who showed talent could apply to the NSD.
Kulkarni praised the mobile theatre of Assam, which has managed to survive despite several constraints.
He said drama performances involved a lot of patience, tolerance, time, energy and acceptance, things that would stand in good stead in one’s professional life if one had a base in drama.
Hum Hi Apna Aap in Nepali from Sikkim, Gaur Leela in Manipuri, Natok? and Gaonbudha in Assamese are some of the plays which will be staged at Poorvatar Natya Sanmilan at the Jorhat district library auditorium.
At Ban Theatre, Mumbai’s Jagmeera group will perform an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s short story Streer Patra in Hindi. Himanshu Prasad Das-directed Akhon Gaont Ata TV Asil in Assamese, Tajmahal, directed by L. Dorendra in Manipuri, Gangaputra Bhishma (jatra) in Bengali and Kino Kao directed by Pabitra Rabha in Assamese will also be staged at Ban Theatre.
Manipur’s Prospective Repertory Theatre will stage Gaur Leela, directed by T. Shila Devi, which is based on the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
“This is a genre of drama which has been revived after 50 years by T. Shila ,” Kulkarni said.
The two other plays Gaonbudha and Pachanir Atithi are satires while Akhon Gaont Ata TV Asil is a comedy. Hum Hi Apna Aap explores the relationships of a man and woman and Streer Patra is the tale of a woman, Mrinal, and has a feminist theme.
A few days ago, NSD in collaboration with Replica, a socio-cultural group here, had organised a 15-day workshop on drama where participants were taught various aspects of drama like set design, costume, lighting and make-up.
NSD will hold the fest in collaboration with Jorhat Theatre and Replica here and Ban Theatre in Tezpur.