Guwahati, September 05: The Annual Brajanath Sharma Memorial Drama Festival by well-known amateur theatre group Samahar Natya Gosthee will be held for the 11th year from 9th to 15th September 2017 at Rabindra Bhawan in the city.
On this occasion, Drama Festival Committee President Lalit Sarma said “We are very happy to formally announce the programme of the festival. During the last ten years, this Festival has become a very important and landmark cultural event of the state. Now, it is a big responsibility on our shoulder to make it a grand success every year.”
Since 2007, Samahar has been organising this annual theatre extravaganza in the hallowed memory of Brajanath Sharma, the father of Assamese moving (mobile) theatre. He was the pioneer of modern Assamese theatre and had first brought women on the stage to introduce co-acting in the state in 1933. Sharma, the unique firebrand freedom fighter, had also destroyed and set ablaze the British aerodrome at Bornagar, Sarbhog police station, post office on August 26, 1942.
The programme for the 11th edition of the Festival has been finalised and the schedule is as follows –
September 9 (6 pm): Inauguration ceremony of the Festival; the lamp will be lit by Brajanath Sharma’s daughter Ms. Nirmala Mishra and granddaughter Ms. Neelakshi Mishra Sharma. The Festival will be inaugurated by former pro-vice chancellor of Tezpur University, lyricist, poet and actor Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, while the Souvenir will be released by the Professor Emeritus of Gauhati University and writer Dr Khanin Chowdhury.
The ceremony will be followed by the play ‘Chan 2200’ of Natyam from Puranigudam. The playwright is Jayanta K Bora and its director is Anjan Bhuyan.
September 10 (4:30 pm and 6:45 pm): Samahar Natya Gosthee will stage their new play ‘PIL-99’, written and directed by Dr. Sitanath Lahkar. The drama highlights rampant corruption even in the name of drinking water and poignantly presents how the verdict of the people’s legal battle is stalled by the powers that be.
September 11 (6:30 pm): Guwahati based ‘Prayas’ will present ‘Oposriyomaan’. The playwright and the director of the play are Uddipta Kr. Bhattacharyya and Rituparna Kalita respectively. The play depicts unimaginable misery of the people caused by devastating flood, which are further aggravated due to the political game smeared with corruption and yellow journalism of a section of media.
September 12 (6:30 pm): ‘Shabda’ of Jorhat will stage ‘Bodhidrumar Chaya’ Written and directed by Ujjwal Paogam, the play shows how a true freedom fighter after having braved number of battles against terrorism, casteism, etc. keeps the banner of logic and honesty flying high.
September 13 (6:30 pm): Samahar will perform their well applauded play ‘Charbak’ written and directed by Dr. Sitanath Lahkar. The play runs on the Charbak philosophy and its stiff opposition by the then powers that be.
September 14 (6:30 pm): Anvarat Theatre Group of Delhi will stage their play ‘Saryu parar Monalisa’ written by Dhanjit Kakati and directed by Richa Tiwari. The theme of the play is the all round exploitation of the poor helpless villagers by the powerful high caste lobby of the village.
September 15 (6:30 pm): Little Drama Group of Udaipur (Tripura), will present their play “Antopurer Latar Kotha” written by Malay Bhowmik and directed by Ranjit Goswami. The touchy portray of farmers’ society devastated by inhuman exploitation and torture from times immemorial structures the play.
It is worth mentioning here that every performance (of play) will be followed by a freewheeling interaction between the playwright/director and the spectators.
The group hopes that the Festival, like yesteryears, will become a huge success this year too and help create an atmosphere of an alternate theatre movement in Assam.