City to host Jashn-E-Rang theatre festival
Jashn-E-Rang, the sixth national theatre festival will be organised in the city from November 12 to 17.
The six-day theatre festival will be held at Gyan Manch. The festival has been organised by the theatre group Little Thespian. The programme has been financially assisted by the Ministry of Culture.
Trinamool Congress MP Sultan Ahmed, along with other dignitaries, will be present at the inauguration ceremony.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has often stressed on promotion of fine arts in the state, as they help to build social harmony and cooperation.
Theatre groups from different parts in the country are coming to participate in the theatre festival. Nirman Kala Manch, a well-known theatre group in Patna, will present ‘Kahan Gaye Mere Ugna’ on the inaugural day. Ugna is a common leitmotif that Vidyapati, Baba Nagarjun and Rajkamal are often associated with. It also represents the poor and the downtrodden.
Mithila, in the 14th century, was ruled by the Oinwar dynasty. They were under the control of the Sultans of Delhi and Jaunpur. The theatre presents poet Vidyapati in a different role. He was also a social reformer and had earned great respect from the kings not just as a poet but for his wise counsel about running the states properly.
Anurag Kala Kendra of Bikaner will present ‘Dulari Bai’. Based on a folk tale, the play is very popular in Rajasthan. Little Thespian will present ‘Prem Aprem’, a collage of two stories written by Kusum Khemani. Delhi’s famous Unicorn Actors Studio will present ‘Maybe This Summer’.
The play looks into the life of a man and a woman who are living together in an urban metropolis. The play brings out the conflict between moral and socio-cultural values and individual freedom.
The national theatre festival will present some very interesting plays about the contemporary world.