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Bharangam Special

Bharat Rang Mahotsav

Version 12 Begins in Delhi

A Still from Suhela Kapoor's Mahim Junction

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM) a brainchild of Ram Gopal Bajaj, the then Director of National School of Drama, was started about twelve years ago to showcase the development of theatre across the country. From being a national festival that annually presented the most creative recent work in India, it has grown into an international event, hosting theatre companies from around the world. It is today acknowledged as the largest theatre festival of Asia and is firmly established on the international theatre map. Over time it has evolved into an opportunity for audiences and students alike to enjoy and critically engage with the process and practice of the theatre arts as reflective of the issues and concerns of our troubled times.

 

In keeping with the tradition of presenting outstanding theatre that allows for meaningful engagement, this year also the BRM will be presenting a diverse fare of creative, dramatic representations and interactions drawn from over 350 proposals received from both India and abroad. Based on the enthusiastic response to the ‘Young Experimenters’ component last year, NSD will be taking forward the initiative by showcasing the work of ten young directors, distinguished by the manner in which they access and interpret classic texts, new work and their own socio-cultural and psycho-political realities. A special focus in the 2010 festival will be evenings of theatre music and songs, that will include stalwarts like B.V. Karanth, Jagmohan Upreti and Habib Tanvir.


Also, in recognition of the increasing importance played by technology in every area of contemporary existence, including the arts and creative expression, NSD will be holding backstage tours and technical/sound/light workshops. These shall be accompanied by exhibitions, interactive sessions with directors, one-to-one meetings for experts on special requests and video screenings, in addition to the performances comprising the rest of the BRM repertoire. In addition the BRM will also be host to a special round-table conference that will include eminent people from the world of theatre and the allied arts coming together in panels to discuss issues of current interest to practitioners.


The 2010 Festival, on the whole, aims to showcase the synthesis of experience, tradition, new energy and vision, which infuses the dramatic form while creating a new language that pushes the boundaries of the known, the expected and the usual.