By our staff reporter
Guwahati, March 6: As one of the co-hosts of the 8thTheatre Olympics, Guwahati is all set to host the biggest theatrical extravaganza in the world. The Guwahati chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is organised by the tiol School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Government of Assam.
The festival will be held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetrain, Guwahati, from March 11 to 25th March 25. Assam Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal will be the chief guest at the iugural event, while Assam Cultural Affairs Minister ba Kumar Doley, Padma Bhushan Jahnu Barua and Padmashree Nrityacharya Jatin Goswamiwill be the guests of honour. Announcement to this effect was made by noted film and theatre actors Pranjal Saikia and Baharul Islam at a press meet at the Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday.
The mega event will provide the people to watch a series of 15 stimulating performances, including specially invited plays from renowned masters of the form that includes Bibhash Chakraborty (Raj Rakto), Roshan K. Meheta (Jiudo Aakash), Fakiraiya Amoghi Math (Daksha Brahman Vadhe),Mahmud Alam (Safarma), Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli (To Kill Or Not To Kill) and Debasis Majumdar (Baijayantika) to me a few.
“Art has been the earliest form of communication and nothing gives an artist more delight than performing in front of an audience that appreciates art, no matter from which part of the world they come. In a way, theatre is a great equaliser and unites people of multiple cultures and traditions under one umbrella,” said Arjun Deo Charan, acting chairman of tiol School of Drama Society. Theatre Olympics was established at Delphi, Greece in 1993. So far, Theatre Olympics has been held seven times – in Japan in 1999), in Russia in 2001, in Turkey in 2006, in South Korea in 2010), in Chi in 2014 and in Poland in 2016. The theme of the 2018 edition is “Flag of Friendship”.