Koraput theatre group organises 3-day event

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Koraput theatre group organises 3-day event

Sunday, 07 August 2022 | NISHAN PATTANAIK | JEYPORE

The Nandanik, a local theatre group, organised a three-day programme at Koraput from August 1 to 3.

On the eve of its 9th Foundation Day, Nandanik arranged a lecture on ‘Ek Patriya Natya Yatra-Lekhan se Manchan tak’ by Padma Shri Shekhar Sen, a singer-actor of international repute.

Sen described the creative process of producing his famed musical mono acts like Kabeer, Surdas and Vivekananda and his inspiring association with theatre greats like Dharmvir Bharti.

On 2nd day, the 7th Deomali National Theatre Festival was inaugurated at Municipal Auditorium, Koraput in the presence of Collector, Koraput Abdal Akhtar, Chairman, Koraput Municipality Lalit Ranjan Sethy, eminent actress Bhaswati Basu, veteran theatre artist and author Umakant Das and creative director, Nandanik Dr Sourav Gupta.

Akhtar appreciated the efforts of Nandanik and extended warm support to its endeavours.

Sourav Gupta informed that the Deomali National Theatre Festival is the only national level festival in undivided Koraput and this year, four plays in Odia, Bangla and Hindi are being showcased. The festival commemorates Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Asim Basu Award 2022 was conferred on Ajay Edding, a theatre artist of Nandanik from Semiliguda by Bhaswati Basu.

The award is jointly awarded every year by Nandanik in association with Asim Basu Foundation, Bhubaneswar in memory of late Asim Basu, Odisha’s theatre icon since 2018. Basu reminisced her father’s association with Koraput and praised the theatre activism of Nandanik at Koraput.

Two Odia plays were staged by Nandanik. The first is Shahid Laxman Nayak, written by Gauriprasad Rath and directed by Saumendra Swain. The second is Takkhyaka, written by Manoj Mitra and directed by Sourav Gupta.

A mono action, Kiss of Love, was performed by AT Sunny, a PhD research scholar from Central University of Odisha.

On the third day there were two plays such as Target in Hindi performed by Titli Foundation, Rourkela, and Kouto in Bangla performed by Bisargo Theatre, West Bengal.

The Hindi play is written by Shibankar Chakrabarty and directed by Pallav Chatterjee. The Bangla play is written by Mohit Chattopadhyay and directed by Dwaipayan.

While the first play dealt with Left extremism, the second play explored existential crisis of human beings in a experimental theatre
pattern. People gathered in large numbers to watch the plays and
appreciated the artists.


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