The Guwahati chapter of the 8th Theatre Olympics, the international theatrical extravaganza, concluded recently.
The closing performance in Guwahati was the specially-invited performance of Hindi play ‘Aurat Ki Jung’ by director Urmil Kumar Thapliyal. The play is about the plight, struggle and success of women in Nautanki, a popular folk-theatre of India. The play is a tribute to all such women who contributed to this form of art. It is perfect blend of the traditional Nautanki and modern drama.
Guwahati staged 15 theatrical productions between March 11-25 that included regional, international, and English language plays as well as a folk production. All the plays were staged at Madhavdev International Auditorium in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Panjabari.
The 15-day-long celebration of theatrical performances in the city witnessed international productions such as Jiudo Aakash (Nepal), Antigone (Nepal), and Jail House (Brazil). The festival presented 5 specially invited plays such as Raj Rakto (Bibhas Chakraborty), Panchratram (Vyomkesh Shukla), Swapnavasavdattam (Anagha Deshpande), Baijayantika (Debasis Majumdar), and Aurat Ki Jung (Urmil K Thapaliyal).
One folk play Daksha Brahman Vadhe, a Doddata form of folk drama from the north-eastern parts of Karnataka, was also staged during the fortnight. Other plays that were staged in the city included Safarnama (Mahmud Alam), To Kill or Not To Kill (Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli), Santaap (Sandip Bhattacharya), Lal Paen (Subash Chandra Pradhan), Ebong Andhokar (Prithunandan Ghose), and Aarshi (Prokash Bhattacharya).
The Guwahati chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 was organised by National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and in collaboration with the Government of Assam.