Thursday, February 9, 2023

NE Theatre Festival 2022 to be held at Dimapur

Staff Reporter

National School of Drama Repertory Company is all set to organize North East Theatre Festival 2022 (NETF) from December 22 to 24, here at Town Hall, Dimapur.
Informing this at a press conference here at Hotel Cedar, chief of Repertory Company, Rajesh Singh, stated that the company would be performing three different plays at the festival, in its venture to spread culture of theatrical experience in the state.
He added that three plays would be different genre, ranging from stories of unsung women freedom fighters to satirical comedy.
The company would be performing Khoob Ladi Mardani Subhadra Ki Zubani, Bayan and Tajmahal Ka Tender, on December 22, 23 and 24 respectively.
Khoob Ladi Mardani Subhadra Ki Zubani is a play directed by Bharti Sharma and dwells on the unsung women freedom fighters, while Bayan, directed by Usha Ganguly, is based on a story by Mahashweta Devi, that seeks to create awareness about core expression of socio-economic disparities and different shades of human life. The last play, Tajmahal Ke Tender, directed by Chittaranjan Tripathy, would be a satirical comedy that dwells into how Emperor Shah Jahan invites chief engineer and shares his dream of building a monument in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Singh later informed that it would be the first time for National School of Drama Repertory Company to perform in Dimapur, and expressed hope that the citizens of Dimapur would have a sense of love and respect for theatrical plays and drama through their performance.
In regards to the festival, he informed that altogether, 25 actors and around 15 to 17 technical support groups would be involved in the festival, and thereby requested all theatrical and drama lovers to come and witness their performance free of cost.
He also informed that North East actors from Manipur and Sikkim would also be a part of the plays.
Meanwhile, local coordinator, V Uto Chishi, stated that the BASIC idea for the festival to be held in Dimapur was to allow citizens of Dimapur to experience and get a glimpse of theatrical plays by professionals.
Claiming that theatre and drama audience was growing slowly in Dimapur, he expressed hope that the festival would act as a catalyst to boost the audience of theatrical and drama lovers in Dimapur and the state. He also lamented on the poor infrastructure and non availability good theatre and hall, and requested the state government to also look into this affair.

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