Guwahati, March 28: The celebration of the Guwahati chapter of the 8th Theatre Olympics, the international theatrical extravaganza, concluded on Sunday.
Chief Secretary, Government of Assam, TY Das attended the closing ceremony.
The closing performance in Guwahati was the specially-invited performance of Hindi play ‘Aurat Ki Jung’ by director Urmil Kumar Thapliyal.
A still from Aurat Ki Jung
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 a perfect blend of the traditional Nautanki and modern drama.
Guwahati staged a total of 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.
A still from Aarshi
The 15-day-long celebration of theatrical performances in the city witnessed international productions such as Jiudo Aakash (Nepal), Antigone (Nepal) and Jail House (Brasil).
The festival presented five 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).
A still from Panchratram
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 the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and in collaboration with the Government of Assam. The Guwahati edition of the festival will end on March 25, 2018.