* 15 plays staged during fortnight long celebration
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
Guwahati, March 25: The curtains came down on the Guwahati chapter of the 8th Theatre Olympics, the intertiol theatrical extravaganza, on Sunday. Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam, TY Das, attended the closing ceremony.
The concluding function witnessed the performance of Urmil Kumar Thapliyal directed Hindi play ‘Aurat Ki Jung’. The play is about the plight, struggle and success of women in utanki, a popular folk-theatre of India. The play is a tribute to all such women who contributed to this form of art. The play is perfect blend of the traditiol utanki and modern drama.
Between March 11 and March 25 Guwahati witnessed the staging of 15 theatrical productions that included regiol, intertiol and English language plays as well as a folk production. All the plays were staged at Madhavdev Intertiol Auditorium in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra at Panjabari in the city.
The 15-day-long celebration was marked by staging of intertiol productions such as Jiudo Aakash (Nepal), Antigone (Nepal), and Jail House (Brasil). The festival presented 5 specially invited plays such as Raj Rakto (by Bibhas Chakraborty), Panchratram (by Vyomkesh Shukla), Swapvasavdattam (by Agha Deshpande), Baijayantika (by Debasis Majumdar) and Aurat Ki Jung (by Urmil K Thapaliyal).
Folk play Daksha Brahman Vadhe, a Doddata form of folk drama from Kartaka, was also staged during the fortnight. Other plays that were staged in the city included Safarma (by Mahmud Alam), To Kill or Not To Kill (by Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli), Santaap (by Sandip Bhattacharya), Lal Paen (by Subash Chandra Pradhan), Ebong Andhokar (by Prithundan Ghose) and Aarshi (by Prokash Bhattacharya).