Dibrugarh: “Poetic sentiment is a must to undertake any creative work,” said noted litterateur of the State, Dr. Nagen Saikia at the inaugural function of Radio Drama Festival being organized by All India Radio.
The festival, dramas of which are to be broadcast from March 6, was ceremonially inaugurated by the literary doyen at a gracious function held at the District Library Auditorium on March 1. In his speech, the former president of Axam Xahitya Xabha said that radio drama was a special medium that brought entertainment through various auditory cues.
Briefing the audience about the aims and objectives of this drama festival, Programme Head of All India Radio, Dibrugarh, Lohit Deka said that during its 51 years of service to the society, AIR Dibrugarh had been striving hard to popularize the folk culture, theatre and literature hidden in the remote areas and villages of the easternmost part of the country. This drama festival was a part of that in which it would try to give a new platform to the amateur theatre groups of Assam. Deka also said that the station was aiming for a positive social change through this drama festival in which dramas performed by 12 amateur theatre groups of Assam would be broadcast. He said that amateur theatre groups could play a vital role in promoting the Assamese language in the correct form and that was why special care had been taken in pronunciation while recording the dramas of the festival.
In this inaugural function all the invitees were welcomed by the Head of Office of AIR Dibrugarh, Rajesh Arjun Beldar. The inaugural function was decorated with a Sutradhari Nritya of Ankiya Naat Keli Gopal by the artistes of Samaguri Xatra, Majuli, act by Sanjay Kharghariya from Lakshminath Bezbaruah’s legendary creation Kripabor Baruar Kakotor Topola, and modern songs by Geetalin Dutta and Subrata Khound.
During the festival, the hour-long dramas will be broadcast at 8 pm every Monday and Friday which will be repeated at 12:30 pm every Tuesday and Saturday. The recording of the dramas has already been completed. The participating groups of this Radio Drama Festival organized by All India Radio Dibrugarh are Macbeth Drama from Dhemaji, Naatghar from North Lakhimpur , North-East Theatre Academy, Dergaon, Jorhat Theatre, Sonari branch of Asom Natya Sanmilan, Akhora Ghor from Dibruagrh, Pathar from Duliajan, Natyapeeth of Sivasagar, Bhawareeya-The T Positives,Majuli, Tinisukia’s Monikanchan Cultural Group, Golaghat Amateur Theatre Society and Dergaon Natya Charcha Kendra.