The 3rd National Mime Festival that began on May 23 proved to be quite a success as the turnout was heartening. The three-day festival held under the aegis of eminent artiste Moinul Haque’s mime institute ‘Mime Academy’ in association with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, was inaugurated by noted poet and litterateur Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury at the Rabindra Bhawan.
The opening day of the festival kicked off with a significant display of mime by the artistes of Mime Academy. The presentations directed by Moinul Haque were a rewarding experience for the audiences. The evening of May 24 saw some absorbing mime performances by Manipuri artistes from Kanglei Mime Theatre under the direction of Dr Y Sadananda Singh. The audiences were delighted by their item ‘Crashed But Alive’. It was followed by performances from the Duliajan based group, Kothiya Mime & Drama Academy under the direction of Hemanta Kakati. Next to perform on stage was the Kolkata based group Dumdum Embody, which figured performances by Dev Kumar Paul and Subhendu Mukhopadhyay and direction by Dev Kumar Paul.
On May 25, the festival featured some wonderful presentations by Mangaldoi’s Doneck and Drama Academy under the direction of Rituparna Kalita. It was soon followed by performances from West Bengal’s Rongtol Theatre under the direction of Ratan Chakravorty, and Jalpaiguri based group Sristhi Mime Theatre under the direction of Sabyasachi Dutta. By all accounts, the three-day event turned out to be a fantastic celebration of quality mime in the city.