Five PLAYS PERFORMED
19th EDITION OF NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA’S
07.02.2017 11:44:03 – Five PLAYS PERFORMED AT 19th EDITION OF NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA’S BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV
February 6, 2017
New Delhi, 6th February, 2017: Today during the 19th edition of National School of Drama’s International Drama Festival Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017, 5 Plays were performed on including S M Azhar Alam’s Gainda; Dr. Tarun Pradhan’s Fagun Rater Gappo; Jose Koshy’sCharithrapusthakathilekku Oredu;
Arjun Deo Charan’s Dharamjudh and a non-verbal foreign play by Simona Di Maio & Sebastiano Coticelli’s Desidera from Italy which were appreciated by students, theatre aficionados, litterateurs and theatre lovers.
Today, during the Meet the Director – face to face at National School of Drama, Hamed Forutanz, Co-Director of the Afghanistani playStatues, “The current situation in Afghanistan surely makes it difficult for the theatre to exist but many groups have emerged like ours in the last decade which tries to keep theatre alive in that region, but the government and especially the first lady of Afghanistan supported us in every way possible”
Waman Kendre, Director of Mohe Piya said, “This play is an adaptation of Madhyamvyayog. However, I have made some changes. The image of Hidimba is commonly very ferocious and ugly which I wanted to change.” He further added, “We have done many experiments with this play and presented it in three different languages i.e. Marathi, Hindi, English on 3rd of July, 2011, consecutively. It is a world record since then.” Suresh Bhardwaj, Director of Welcome Zindagi said, “I feel that there are two types of plays one Is which engages the audience and the second is which repels the audience and I try my best to be on the side of which engages.”
Sachin Shinde, the director of the play concerning the water crisis in Maharashtra state, Handabhar Chanadnya said, “Water crisis is a big problem in the area that I come from. We rehearsed the play in real place and conditions to grab every inch of the character and their dilemma. Our group has adapted 50 drought hit villages and putting our best effort to raise this issue through the theater medium.”
Katha Workshop Series in Performance & Craft of 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav today had its 2nd workshop on Pattachitra. It was participated by Pattachitra experts Mr. Alexa Charan Sahoo, Mr. Ratikanta Sahoo and Mr. Shashikanta Sahoo. Pattachitra is said to have its origin dating back to 5th Century BC. It is a famous painting style of Odisha and it is derived from the Sanskrit words Patta (or canvas) and Chitra (or picture). Preparations for the painting itself requires concentrated craftsmanship. For making the Patta, layers of cloth are stuck together with glue made of tamarind seeds, and then the thick cloth is coated with the powder of a claystone till it is firmed. When the cloth dries, it is polished with stones until the surface is smooth enough to be painted on. Preparing the colours is finely regulated, and naturally available raw materials used to make the paints. The gum of the kaitha tree is the base for the pigments. Roots of the keya plant are often used for normal brushes. Pattachitra is a highly disciplined art form with exquisite figures, elaborate designs, and finally-blended colours. The famous themes, mainly mythological, are thia badhia – depiction of the temple of Lord Jagannath, Krishna Leela, Dasavatara and Panchmuki – Lord Ganesha as the five-headed deity.
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