Odia play ‘Laal Paen’ speaks about human displacement on Day 9 of 8th Theatre Olympics in Guwahati

Guwahati, March 19: Guwahati is one of the co-hosts for the 8th Theatre Olympics which is being held for the first time in India. On Monday, the Madhavdev International Auditorium at the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati saw the performance of Odia play Laal Paen which literally translates as Red Water.

Water is said to be colourless, but for Ahalya, the protagonist, it isn’t. In her eyes, the water of Hirakud is red; red like blood.

Directed by Subash Chandra Pradhan, the play tells the story of human displacement and tries to find answers to the ever debated question – Who sacrifices to the cause of development and who benefits from such projects?

On Tuesday, the Theatre Olympics will see the performance of Portugese play Jail House. The play presents a week in the life of a pianist who is in prison and will be a hostage in an imminent rebellion. He experiences a countdown and expresses his expectations, impressions, memories and thoughts in a diary that starts on a Monday and ends on a Sunday when the riot breaks out.

The Guwahati chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is organised by National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of 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.

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