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Theatre fiesta in Delhi

Bharat rang Mahotsav began in the national capital from January 2 with a performance by China's Peking Opera.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 19:14 IST

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the annual theatre festival of the National School of Drama (NSD), began in the capital Monday with a performance by China's renowned Peking Opera.

Inaugurating the 13-day festival, eminent writer Kamleshwar said it would provide a platform for exchanging cultures and ideas among the participating countries, including Japan, South Korea, Iran and Pakistan.

"The festival will be a great source of learning for both students and theatre personalities to set their goal and work towards the betterment of theatre as an art form," he said.

 The festival will showcase 60 plays, a quarter of them from abroad. These include entries from China, Japan, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh

The festival will showcase 60 plays, a quarter of them from abroad. These include entries from China, Japan, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The foreign productions, ranging from the spectacular to the introspective, will feature the work of directors like Guan Lichun of China, Santoshi Miyagi of Japan, Kiomas Miradi of Iran and Usmaan Peerzada and Malik Aslam from Pakistan.

The Indian segment of the festival will highlight the works of Girish Karnad, Naseeruddin Shah, M KRaina, Usha Ganguly, Nadira Zaheer Babbar and Mohan Maharishi.

Speaking about the festival, NSD chairperson Amal Allana said: "We hope it will reflect the varied ways in which both established and new practitioners from India, Asia and the Arab world are working towards creating a language of image-making that reflects present day realities."

To coincide with the beginning of the eighth edition of the festival Monday, veteran theatre personality V Ramamurthywas awarded the B VKaranth Smriti Puraskar while Satyabrat Rout was given the Manohar Singh Smiriti Puraskar for their contribution to Indian theatre.

The festival, which began in 1999, has been recognised as a regular international event by UNESCO.

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 14:17 IST