Theatre artistes of 1952 honoured at Bodofa Cultural Complex, Kokrajhar
The 1st Mwihur International Theatre Festival, held at Bodofa Cultural Complex
KOKRAJHAR: The 1st Mwihur International Theatre Festival, held at Bodofa Cultural Complex which was organized by Lwrgi Theatre Group and supported by the department of Cinema and Theatre, BTC in Kokrajhar has entered the 3rd day on Monday which showcased art and culture and traditions of diverse sections of communities of different states of India including teams from Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The artistes of 1952 of Kokrajhar who played role in the play screened by "Bithorai Afad" and represented Bagurumba dance during Republic Day celebration in New Delhi in that year were felicitated and honoured by the Lwrgi Theatre Group of Kokrajhar on the 1st panel discussion on the importance of theatre in the society. The artistes most of them now in their 80 years of age were felicitated and honoured with traditional Aronai and memento and they shared their experiences with the scholars, lecturers and students of different colleges.
A discussion on the topic, "Bithorai Afad-Reminiscing Reality for Path Ahead" was chaired by the principal of Gossaigaon College Dr. Kumud Ranjan Basumatary. In the discussion, senior most dramatist of Bithorai Afad and retired professor of Art History, Biswa Bharati, Shantiniketan Dr. Janak Jhankar Narzary, senior artist of Bithorai Afad Anu Rani Brahma, poet, writer hailing from London Dr. Prabir Brahma spoke on the occasion as speakers. The living legend of Bodo theatre and drama Janak Jhankar Narzary elaborated about the rise of Bithorai Afad in 1952 in Kokrajhar, the first theatre group of Kokrajhar. He recollected the history of Bithorai Afad its artistes, playwriter and their challenges. He said Bithorai Afad brought the great inspiration to the youths in the field of drama as this Afad staged different dramas in different places and became very popular after which many theatre groups were floated in various places. He also said it was the milestone of Bodo theatre that contributed lot to the society in booming Bodo theatre.
Veteran actors-phulmati Lahari, Pratima Basumatary, Ramani Basumatary, Anjali Basumatary, Iswar Chandra Basumatary, Jagen Brahma, Girin Basumatary, Barswn Mashahary were felicitated and honoured. They also shared their experiences to the students.
Meanwhile, the drama, "Thokhon" presented by Lwrgi Theatre Group and directed by Keshab Mashahary on Saturday evening received huge appreciation. Altogether 17 dramas are being staged which will come to end on February 3.