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The second week of National School of Drama’s International Drama Festival - Bharat Rang Mahotsav is as promising as the first week. Where the first week has many non-verbal and multilingual plays, week two is more about book releases, seminars and plays which address many issues.

On Sunday Sri Ram Center will host Jayadeva Gita Govindam by Abhinaya Jagruti Institute of Theatre, Orissa. LTG will host play by Delhi based group Tamasha titled Hamaari Bhi Suno also open lawns will host NSD’s Diploma Production titled O’ Shit. Kamani Auditorium will witness a Bengali play Hum Mukhtara by group Rangakarmee and a quirky play
Shakespeare Manege Banda
by Theatre Tatkaal will be staged at Abhimanch.

Monday will bring Rath Vandaye Malineo by Kalidas Theatre, J & K at SRC, Lament Of A Widow by NT Theatre, Manipur at LTG, NSD Diploma Production’s Gimpel The Fool at Bahumukh, Sumangleela at Open Lawns and Central Academy of Drama’s The Diary Of Anne Frank.

Hey Manush, a Bengali/ Hindi play will be staged at SRC on Tuesday, at LTG Night’s End by Just Us Repertory, Penalty Kick by NSD’s Diploma Production at Open Lawns, Kamani will host Marathi play Uney Purey Shahar Ek by Aasakta Kalamanch, Pune and Abhimanch will host Taming Of The Wild,
a non-verbal play.

Wednesday will start with Balkan Women an Urdu/Hindi by NIPA Rangmandali at SRC, Assamees play Nokiyampo by Suryoday Natya Gosthy at LTG and Therukoothu (Indrajit) at Open Lawns. Kamani and Abhimanch will stage Bengali play Thana Theke Aschi and a non-verbal play Untitled Phrases-02 respectively.

SRC will witness an interesting play A Kind Of True Story by Actor’s Cult and Black Boxers Production from Mumbai on Thursday. Hayavadana Kannanunni by NSD Diploma Production at Sanmukh and Dharti Aaba will be staged at Kamani. A book will be launched titled Me and My Plays by Mahesh Dattani to be followed by a film screening
The Making Of King Lear
at LTG.

On Friday back to back plays will be staged  at different venues like at SRC Parash Pathar, Baawre Mann Ke Sapne at LTG, A Bedroom at Bahumukh, Bhavai at Open lawns, Naachni at Kamini and Ek Kutte Ki Maut at Abhimanch.

On Saturday Hiyang Athouba at SRC, Dashavtaar at LTG, Kitchen In The Corner Of The House at Open Lawns and Awkward Happiness at Kamini will be staged. During week multiple seminars on various topics will take place at Sammukh.

On the final day A Clockwork Orange will be staged at Bahumukh and the closing ceremony will take place at Kamini Auditorium. So, mark your calenders and don’t miss out on any of these amazing plays!

When: 4 January onwards

Make a scene on paper! Here’s how:

New Delhi: There is dearth of good playwriters in the country, said National School of Drama (NSD) Director Waman Kendre Friday, adding they have plans to start a course on playwriting in 2014.
‘We (NSD) will be starting a new course on playwriting from next year. As we feel there is dearth of good playwriters in the country,’ Kendre told reporters here.

‘I strongly believe that a writer and a director are two important and strong foundations of any play. So, if we have our base strong, we will be able to produce better theatre productions,’ he added.

Not revealing much about it, Kendre also pointed out how NSD has ambitious plans to start courses in other subjects too.

‘We plan to start eight courses in subjects like children theatre specialisation, theatre criticism, theatre administration and management, and a few others. But it will take some time to form a structure,’ he added, saying NSD will eventually start these courses.

NSD’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s to reach out to performers:


New Delhi: Hinting that the selection procedure of National School of Drama’s(NSD) annual festival Bharat Rang Mahotsav will change from next year, the NSD director Friday said they want to look beyond CVs and reach out to performers. ‘We have been extremely objective in the selection criteria for the Bharat Rang Mahotsav for 2014, and promise to bring to you genuine, qualitative plays. But we are planning to change the selection procedure from next year,’ NSD director Waman Kendre told reporters.

‘We want to reach out directly to presenters and performers, so that we can see their work and experience it personally. We would want to move beyond this CV selection process and set up teams that dedicatedly work and monitor this annual festival,’ he added. Though there is no plan in action as of now, but NSD chairperson Ratan Thiyam said they would like to request states to send their best performers.

‘There can be different way of looking at how we will do this. We would also like to invite best-known international theatre directors for workshops and plays,’ he said. ‘This will also help us to go international. We can’t participate in some international theatre events because they have different selection criteria. So to bridge the gap, we would like to think of different ways to improve selection system,’ he added.
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