The 17th edition of the National School of Drama’s (NSD) theatre festival has been conceptualized and designed with the theme of Breaking Borders, and is on till February 18. This year, Bharat Rang Mahotsav, is bigger and better than ever with over 12 countries including the likes of USA, UK, Germany, China, France, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, among others, taking part and showcasing around 150 plays to theatre lovers in the city.
The festival will also travel to other parts of the country with plays being showcased in Agartala (Tripura), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Aurangabad (Maharashtra) and Panaji (Goa).
To popularize theatre among the youth and to use theatre as a learning process, National School of Drama is facilitating various colleges to perform in this year’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav.
Various theatre troupes and rock bands of Delhi University colleges and Jawaharlal Nehru University are finding opportunity to showcase their talent. The idea behind the initiative is to connect the young generation with theatre to create an environment for better theatre productions. Several ambience performances comprising of folk performance, children’s theatre are also scheduled for non-stop entertainment during the 18 days festival.
11 February saw the performance of plays like Ma Aak Nirvik Soinik directed by Koushik Kar, performed by Kolkata Rangeela, West Bengal; DU and ME directed by Shrirang Godbole and Vibhawari Deshpande, Kalir Karnaknaadchhe (Jatra) a Bengali play directed by Swapan Kumar Saha performed by the group Anandamoyee Samity of Birbhum, West Bengal, Chanakya by Manoj Joshi performed by Mumbai’s Manoj Joshi Creations group.
Inna ki aawaz was another hindi political satire based in an imaginary country was directed by Shyam Kumar Sahani performed by the Students of National School of Drama itself.
On day 12 of the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the Bengali play Nagmandala directed by Abanti Chakraborty was performed by Ballygunge Swapna Suchana group from Kolkata. Holi Theatre directed by Zahoor Alam and performed by Yugmanch, Nainital.
This play has been created from the text of Bhartendu Harishchandra’s three plays – Bharat Durdasha, Vadiki Hinsa Hinsa Na Bhavti and Andher Nagari. Though, these plays were written more than a century ago but the characters and situations of Bhartendu are more or less the same as they exist today. Maach directed by Om Prakesh Sharma and performed by the Individual group from Ujjain. Inspired by the French opera, Carmen by Georges Bizet, Club Desire is a powerful story of love, passion, and art set in the world of night clubs, dance music, and poetry directed by Sunil Shanbag and performed by the group Arpana and NCPA from Mumbai.
Postal Delivery to God directed by Ruthie Osterman and Amit Zarka was performed by Jaffa Theatre, Israel.
Day 14 saw performance of plays like Bacchae, Reality Show and Civilisation On Trail, while Day 15 saw Kugaimaravaacikal, Othello, Ghazab teri adaa and Dot Dash Dream Delusion.
Plays like Punar Jani, The Nude, Gam Sereng, Ghazab Teri Adaa, and Agamemnon were performed on day 16 of the Rang Mahotsav.
Day 17 showcased he plays like C sharp c blunt, Tughlaq, Jadubangsho, Basket of dolls, Ke? and Bipannata.