Scintillating Performances Light Up National Theatre Festival

Bhubaneswar: For theatre aficionados in the port town, it is time to sit back and relish wholesome entertainment with vibrant and pulsating action on the stage.

The weeklong national theatre festival being organised here by Canmass, a local socio-cultural organization espousing the cause of theatre movement in Odisha, has provided the theatre lovers to relish qualitative portrayal of plays on the stage.

With theatre troupes spread across the country exhibiting histrionics in thought-provoking plays, entertainment is guaranteed for those making their way into Jaydev Sadan auditorium in the heart of the town.

The Bengali play ‘Sagina Mahato’ and Hindi play ‘Look Back in Anger’ staged yesterday won appreciation from audience.

Sagina Mahato, a popular play by Badal Sircar is based on an enterprising story by Gour Kishore Ghosh, highlighted the struggle of working classes and exploitation of skilled human resources by industrial houses. The play which had taken shape of bollywood blockbuster in the seventies with Dillip Kumar portraying the central character had a spellbinding effect on the audience.

The acting skills and histrionics backed up a powerful script took the centre-stage as plays and lively performances won accolades. The Hindi play ‘Look Back in Anger’ superbly depicted the human bond amid disintegration social fabric in multilayered society.

The play ‘Athoi’, Bengali adaptation of Shakespearean classic ‘Othello’ was an amalgamation of love, breakups and social upheaval that divides human relationship.

Hindi play ‘Ekalavya’ (The Journey begins) subtly reflected the ‘guru-sishya’ relation of the present time . The guru-sishya relation of

The Hindi play ‘Bade bhai Saheb’, Odia play ‘Lal pani’ were other highlights of the festival carnival with the storylines of both conveying strong social message of ‘live and let live others’.

The fest carnival, featuring Odia, Hindi and Bengali plays were all crowd pullers with brilliant themes and lively stage performances getting the better of language barrier.

The first play was Kamalapura Dakaghara (Kamalpur post office), a socially relevant play penned by Panigrahi had given a perfect start to the carnival. The play portrayed the post offices which formed a vital ingredient of rural life during the fifties and sixties.

“Theatre has a language of its own and goes beyond any regional dialect. We may not understand the words but can feel the essence of drama through its realism and symbolism” said Anshuman Ray, a theatre lover.

“Apart from scintillating performances by the stage artists, the plays encompassed all the other forms of literature and fine arts into its physical presentation. The plays were of highest order from all points of view”, described Sriman Mishra, secretary of Canmass, the organizer.