Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates Guwahati edition of 8th Theatre Olympics

Guwahati, 11 March 2018: Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal today inaugurated the Guwahati chapter of the 8th Theatre Olympics, the world’s largest theatre festival held in India for the first time. The inaugural programme was held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra where Assam Cultural Affairs Minister Hon’ble Shri Naba Kumar Doley, Padma Bhushan Shri Jahnu Baruaand Padmashree Nrityacharya Shri Jatin Goswami were the guests of honour.

Guwahati will stage 10 theatrical productions between 11th and 25thMarch 2018 that includes regional, international, and English languageplays as well as a folk production. All the plays will be staged at MadhavDev Kalakshetra.

Raj Rakto directed by Bibhash Chakraborty will be the opening productionin Guwahati. The 15-day-long celebration of theatrical performances in the citywill witness international productions such as Jiudo Aakash (Nepal), Antigone(Nepal), and Jail House (Brasil).

The festival will also present 5 specially invited plays such as RajRakto (Bibhas Chakraborty), Panchratram (Vyomkesh Shukla), Swapnavasavdattam(Anagha Deshpande), Baijayantika (Debasis Majumdar), and Aurat Ki Jung (Urmil KThapaliyal). One folk play Daksha Brahman Vadhe, a Doddata form of folk dramafrom the north-eastern parts of Karnataka, will also be staged during thefortnight.

Other plays to be staged in the city Safarnama (Mahmud Alam), To Kill orNot To Kill (Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli), Santaap (Sandip Bhattacharya), LalPaen (Subash Chandra Pradhan), Ebong Andhokar (Prithunandan Ghose), and Aarshi(Prokash Bhattacharya).

The 8th Theatre Olympics 2018 is organised by National School of Dramaunder the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The51-day-long theatre extravaganza will culminate on 8th April 2018 inMumbai.

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