NSD drama festival at Tezpur ends

TEZPUR, Dec 10 – The 19-day drama festival of the National School of Drama organised here in association with the historic Ban Theatre concluded here recently with the staging of 19 different thought-provoking plays of the region in Mizo, Garo, Manipuri, Nepali, Assamese and Hindi languages.

The plays presented dealt with a variety of subjects ranging from mythology, social issues like caste, gender, lives of the marginalized and elderly, exploitation in feudal structures, revisiting of historical events, music and folklore. Mayabazar in Telegu directed by R Nageswar Rao was staged on the opening day of the drama festival followed by Assamese play, Akash directed by Baharul Islam, a multi-lingual drama of Manipur Dakghar directed by Heisnam Kanhailal, Kannada play, Ambapratigga directed by Guru Sanjib Subarna, Bengali play Rokta Korobi directed by Gautam Haldar, and Assamese plays Mirijiory directed by Anup Hazarika, Sup – Ak Prahasan directed by Ashim Kumar Sarma, Astarag directed by Dr Arup Barthakur and Siraj directed by Pratham Das.

Other plays that were staged were in Bengali language directed by Sisir Dev Ayudaan and English play, A Love Story of 1950, Mizo play directed by Nousad Mahamad The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Marathi play directed by Rabindra Kharein, Katyar Koljaat Ghusli, Manipuri play directed by Shila Devi, Gouralila Garo play directed by Pabitra Rabha Dukon Arunachali drama directed by Suk Bahadur Drowa Jhangmu- Ek Devi Ki Kahanu Tamil drama directed by Purisai Kannappa Sambandan, Panchali Sabatham and Maring drama directed by S Thaninleima, Khaalteba etc also conveyed a message among the audience regarding the cultural diversity of the across the country and the national integrity.

It may be mentioned here that the Poorvottar Natya Samaroh, which is presently running in its fourth year is a special platform that has been able to position to showcase the work of young directors and distinguished practitioners from within and outside the North-East.