The 8th Theatre Olympics in Kolkata concluded after hosting 21 plays since 27th February. An eclectic range of international, regional, English, and Hindi plays were performed for the audience. The play staged on the last day was ‘Pyramus & Thisby’, a bilingual English-Hindi play by directed Jehan Aloysius. The play is a Sri Lankan production and an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in low-country Sri Lanka.
The Theatre Olympics festival in Kolkata also staged three specially invited plays such as ‘Videshiya’ (Sanjay Upadhyay), ‘Lehron Ke Rajhans’ (Jahan Ara Begum), and ‘Jug Jug Jiyo’ (Dolly Ahluwalia). International productions performed in the city included ‘Punishment’ (Mehriban Alakbarzada, Azerbaijan), ‘Morshokam’ (Rokeya Rafique Baby, Bangladesh), ‘The World Around 80 Boxes’ (Markline, Spain), ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (Mukul Ahmed, the UK), and ‘Compassion: The History Of Machine Gun’ (Friedrich Barner and Tobias Veit, Germany).
National productions from across India were also performed during the festival. ‘The Journey of Sarrow’ (Joy Maisnam), ‘Flesh’ (Kaushik Bose), ‘Chitrangada’ (Ranjana Gauhar), ‘Copenhagen’ (Dr. Sharad Bhuthadia), ‘Kasumal Sapno’ (Ajeet Singh Palawat), ‘Sampurna Raas Leela’ (Basanta Kumar Baruah), ‘Katthoklaba Shamu’ (Ningomban Jadumani Singh), ‘Brahannalai’ (N. Muthuswamy), ‘Nungsirabi Abem’ (Iboyaima Ktthman), ‘Keishumshang Gee Nupi (Prisoned Women)’ (Heisnam Tomba), ‘A Far Cry’ (Ningthouja Deepak), and ‘Loha Kutt’ (Sudesh Sharma).
Kolkata hosted a national seminar on ‘Time, Historicity & Memory’ with multiple sub-topics such as ‘The Idea and Treatment of Time in Theatre’, ‘Three Unities in Context of Theatre’, ‘Need, Limitation, & Modes of Archiving’, and ‘Tangible and Intangible in Cognition & Memory’. Dr. Trina Banerjee, Shri Arun Mukherjee, Shri Satish Alekar, Prof. Ananda Lal along with others attended the two-day seminar. Besides, famous theatre actor Mr. Chapal Kumar Bhaduri was the guest at the ‘Master Class’ session while classical singer Ms. Rita Ganguly and Bharatanatyam exponent Saroja Vaidyanathan graced the sessions of ‘Living Legend’.
After traveling in other 16 cities, the festival will culminate on 8th April 2018 in Mumbai.
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