Saturday, January 8, 2011

13th Theatre Bharat Rang Mahotsav - NSD - Inaugural

The 13th Theatre Bharat Rang Mahotsav festival of  NSD opened on the 8th of January and will continue until the 22nd of this month.

Around 6 plays will be held daily in the evenings across Kamani, LTG, SRC and 5 spaces within the NSD campus.

Tickets are selling out really fast. They are being opened in 3 phases. By the time I reached on the 2nd day of the first slot, most of the plays were already ":house full"

There are plenty of international performers this year and I'm looking forward to catch some of them.

The inaugural ceremony heard the principal Dr. Anuradha Kapur, Chairperson Mrs. Amal Allana, Chief Guest Dr Leela Samson and Jawahar Sircar - Secretary - Ministry of Culture speak a few words.

Mr Sircar was entertaining and I wish we could have heard more of his original ideas rather than the address written by Mr Manmohan Singh (PM and Minister for Culture) for the occassion.

He did announce a grant for theatre groups to create their own spaces to put up performances. The government will give them 50 lakhs as assistance for construction, but management would rest with the theatre groups themselves. A noble idea if it can be put into practice.

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