Venue: Kamani Auditorium
Date: 21 February 2017
19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the annual theatre festival organized by National School of Drama dropped its curtains after a 21 days long histrionic extravaganza. This is perhaps the biggest theatre festival in Asia. More than 130 productions from all over India as well various countries around the globe were staged during this event.
The main festival was held in Delhi at Bhawalpur House, NSD campus and auditoriums in the surrounding area. Theatre lovers not only from Delhi but across the country and abroad had visited Bhawalpur House for watching theatre and performances or just hanging out at the makeshift food court and fair area. The footfall has been estimated at a whopping 75000 visitors! To promote the cause of theatre, the festival was concurrently held in 5 other cities – Kurukshetra, Agartala, Patna, Pune and Hyderabad.
The closing ceremony was held at Kamani Auditorium on 21 February and the program featured Ratan Thiyam, Chairman NSD Society, Waman Kendre, Director NSD. They spoke about BRM, its development through the years and its future aspirations that include a theatre Olympics next year.
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Cinema / television star Vikram Gokhle and Pawan Khullar from the Ministry of Culture were also present and spoke at the event. Khullar committed the government’s support to the NSD and BRM. Vikram Gokhle spoke about theatre’s role in bringing the world together and promoting world peace.
The evening concluded with a melodious musical performance by Calcutta Choir conducted by Kalyan Sen Barat. The choir sang Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi as well as Spanish songs during the hour long program. The audience clapped away and during the concluding song “Sare Jahan Se Achha” they happily sang along. The spontaneous connect between the singers and the polyglot audience proved once again that music, or any form of arts, has no boundaries.
Bharat Rang Mahotsav is one of our most sought after fun-dos every year and we are most excited about the proposed Theatre Olympics in year 2018!