By Shrinkhla Sahai
The much-awaited theatre extravaganza of the year kicked off in the capital on 1 Feb 2016. The National School of Drama’s annual international theatre festival—Bharat Rang Mahotsav is now in its 18th edition. With an exciting line-up of performances from around the globe including USA, Australia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Poland, Bangladesh, Spain, China, Pakistan, Austria as well as theatre groups from various regions of India, the festival promises to be a cultural treat.
The three-week festival enlivens the cultural centre of the city- Mandi House, with performances across the NSD campus, Kamani auditorium, Shri Ram Centre and LTG auditorium. Each year sees packed houses in an otherwise indifferent theatre audience response of Delhi.
N.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India inaugurated the festival, congratulating NSD for its immense contribution in taking Indian theatre onto the global map. Eminent film personalities Nana Patekar and Anupam Kher also spoke on the occasion. Being an alumnus of NSD, Kher reminisced about his learning curve and memories at the institution. Waman Kendre, Director, NSD, emphasized the need for thinking through theatre and unraveling the thought behind theatre. He also declared that the theme for the festival this year is ‘Rediscovering the magic of theatre’.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by the performance of Macbeth in Manipuri by Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal, Manipur, directed by Ratan Thiyam. One of his masterpiece productions, Macbeth had the signature visual splendour and imaginative appeal that is a signature of the acclaimed director.
The festival continues till 21 February 2016.