NSD hoisted 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in Dibrugarh

Avik Chakraborty

The Seven days 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav concluded at the Indian Club Theatrical Institution here on February 10, 2018.  The Bharat Rang Mahotsav was organized by National School of Dram in collaboration with India Club Theatrical Institution.

The Weeklong drama fest witnessed huge crowds every day and the artists enthralled the audiences with their performances.

On 4, 2018, former Assam Sahitya Sabha president Dr. Nagen Saikia inaugurated the 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in Dibrugarh.

In the inaugural day, ‘Bhou’ an Assamese play based on Assam agitation written and directed by Pranjal K Saikia was performed and received appreciation from crowd.

Pranjal K Saikia said, “I am happy that my play was performed in Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Our group has done lots of hard work and the credit goes to them,”.

 Bhou’s   Director Pranjal K Saikia said that in 2012 team Indipity was established in Guwahati with a group of young and energetic theatre artists. “The main objective is to create awareness about social and psychological issues in the society through meaningful theater activities. Right from its inception, the group has been conducting theater, workshop and street plays,”.

The three international dramas are Zemsta(Revenge), a Polish drama written by Aleksandar Fredro and directed by Henryk Talar, King Oedipus, a Bangladeshi dram written by K R Meera and Directed by Hazim Amaravila, My sweet Rotten Heritance, a Sri Lankan drama written and directed by Anasuya Subasinghe in English language was performed during the festival.

Chief coordinator of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Ashim Kumar Sharma said, “Every day seven hundred to eight hundred crowds all over Upper Assam came here to see the drams. The people have shown their exuberance which is commendable and we are fortunate to have a very good disciplined crowd in Dibrugarh. We appeal NSD to organise more drams in Dibrugarh in near future,”.

 The other plays that were staged included Bhou (Assamese; Playwright and Director: Pranjal K Saikia), Bubbles In The River(Bengali; Playwright: Hemanta Kr. Bora; Director: SahidulHaque), VeendumBhagavanteMaranam (Malayalam; Playwright: K R Meera; Director: HazimAmaravila).

The closing ceremony was followed by a Bengali play,‘Shuka’, written and directed by Tamojit Roy. The storyline of the play set in the evening before the great war of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata. The place of occurrence is Badrikashrama, where Vyasa, along with his son Shuka and four other disciples, is engaged in teaching the Vedas and Upanishads.

“I have enjoyed all the plays and want to see more drams in coming years in Dibrugarh. I appeal to the National School of Dram to organise the drams in Dibrugarh every year. The seven days Bharat Rang Mahotsav has given us lots of opportunity to witnessed international drams in Dibrugarh,” said Ajay Dutta, a resident of Dibrugarh.

The festival also included a ‘Living Legend’session by RatanThiyam and a ‘Master Class’ session by Bharat Sharma. The festival in Dibrugarh was inaugurated on 4th February, 2019.


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