NEW DELHI: While the freezing weather was trying hard to slow down everyone in Delhi, the Theatre Utsav seemed to be the only thing with ever-increasing pace. The arrival of people from different parts of the world to participate in the 12th Bharat Ranga
Mahotsav (BRM), which began from January 6, had warmed up the premises of National School of Drama (NSD).
The 17-day-long annual international theatre festival organised by NSD saw participation of theatre artistes/groups as well as theatre lovers from 13 countries.
“This time the fare is more successful and richer with 86 productions from across India and around the world. The number of productions has increased this year,” shared NSD Chairperson Amal Allan.
The festival also provided a unique opportunity for the professional development of those involved in theatre. Arpit Gupta from Delhi, who had come to watch the Japanese play Kiosk said, “I have been watching at least one play a day. It’s has been a good medium to get a
break from the regular chores at office.”
But Anasuya Singhe’s motto differs from that of Gupta. Singhe, a Sri Lankan theatre artiste, who had come from Colombo with her team said, “We are here to watch and learn how theatre is practiced in other parts of the world. We hope to bring our production next year to this festival.”
Regarded as one of the largest theatre festivals in Asia, classics like Henrik Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken from India and A Doll’s House from Nepal and Shakespearian treasures like Lady Macbeth Revisited, Hamlet the Clown Prince were staged in the festival. From puppet plays, dance pieces to devised and experimental works, there was a variety in style as well.
In New Delhi BRM was staged in seven venues — the Kamani Auditorium,
Shri Ram Centre, Meghdoot, the LTG Theatre and four other venues within the premise of NSD.
Besides plays, the festival saw a number of other events like photo exhibition featuring landmark works of BV Karnath and Habib Tanbir, an opera and Natya Naad (a musical performance) among others.
Sixteen productions were restaged in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, as part of the festival. “It’s our practice to share the festival with another city and we selected Bhopal this year,” informed Allan.
The theatre festival has been organised by NSD since 1999.