Theatre-fest treat for Gangtok


Gangtok, 19 Sept:

National School of Drama, New Delhi, is organising a 10-day long event to mark its annual celebration of Poorvottar Natya Samaroh. The festival was inaugurated at Manan Kendra here on 18 September and is scheduled to continue till 27 September featuring plays by troupes from across the northeast. The 09th Natya Samaroh is a joint initiative by the National School of Drama, New Delhi and Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department, Government of Sikkim.

The festival opened with an Assamese play, “Baxanta Nixar Xapun”, directed by Jyoti Narayan Nath. Despite the language gap, the play was hugely appreciated by the rapt audience for its theme of love, loss and death. Over the course of the festival, ten plays, shortlisted from around 80 entries will staged.

The first Poorvottar Natya Samorah was organized in Guwahati in 2008. Since then, NSD has taken this theatre festival to Agartala, Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and now Gangtok.

The festival aims at promoting “authentic dramas” from the North-East Region.

Speaking on the occasion Prof Suresh Bhardwaj, the festival director, said, “It is our policy to bring the best plays from the north east to the national level and the best national plays to the north east".

The inaugural function was attended by Cultural Affairs and Heritage Minister, GM Gurung, as chief guest accompanied by Waman Kendre, Director NSD, New Delhi. NSD-Sikkim has Bipin Kumar as Camp Director.

On a hopeful note the Minister said, “We are slowly taking forward the culture of theatre in Sikkim.” He also thanked the National School of Drama, New Delhi for choosing Sikkim for the event this year