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Ø  19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav to focus on Entertainment, Education, Enrichment and Enlightenment aspects of Theatre

Pune, ​30th January​, 2017: 19th edition of National School of Drama’s International Drama Festival Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017has started in New Delhi on 1st February 2017. As a part of a concerted effort by National School of Drama to not let only some metropolitan centers become cultural hubs and take the best theatre performances and promote theatrical culture across India this year, Parallel Festivals of Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017 will travel to 5 Indian cities of Kurukshetra, Agartala, Patna, Pune and Hyderabad, apart from the international festival in New Delhi.

The festival in Pune will include 6 plays, out of which 3 are Indian plays and 3 International Productions from UK, Malaysia & Nepal; and commence on 9th February, 2017 culminating on 14th February, 2017. The International Theatre Festival will be in organized by National School of Drama and the performances will be staged at the Lokshahir Anna Bhau Sathe Auditorium, Padmavati, Satara Road. These performances in their various forms on the same platform promises theatre aficionados of Maharastra watching these productions to be entertained, educated, enlightened and enriched by these performances.

Apart from Pune and New Delhi, Parallel Festivals of Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017 will travel to Kurukshetra (3rd to 8thFebraury), Agartala (5th to 10th February), Patna (7th to 12th February) and Hyderabad (11th to 16th February). NSD’s own centre is organizing the Parallel Festival in Agartala; in Kurukshetra it will be in collaboration with Haryana Kala Parishad, Government of Haryana; in Patna in collaboration with Department of Culture, Government of Bihar; and finally at Hyderabad it will be in collaboration with Department of Culture & Languages, Government of Telengana.

National School of Drama has produced undoubtedly great Theatre talents in the country. Any institute which has such distinction needs to take on a lot of responsibility. Recently, NSD has on the National front done a lot of work by sometimes reviving and sometimes showcasing rural, urban, tribal, folk and modern theatre across the country. On the Institutional level as well extraordinary work has been done to cover the length and breadth of the country, by imparting education, with presence and through workshops & festivals. If that was not all, NSD has also bolstered its presence on the World Forums of Theatre as thecurrent chair of Asia Pacific Bureau of Theatre Schools and vice-chair of Global Alliance of Theatre Schools (GATS).



Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama, says, “NSD as the country’s premier theatre institute aims to take theatre to all corners of our country and show and inculcate a way of life where theatre survives, thrives and enriches all those involved with it.”

NSD brings together all the theatre people of India and abroad through Bharat Rang Mahotsav. It is one of the best platforms we have to present all the elements which are native to the Indian Theatre – a reflection of the Indian Theatre. This year’s showcase of Classical, Indian Narratives, Folk performances alongwith Modern plays will show the depth and width of Indian theatre. Bharat Rang Mahotsav is not only about all modern World Theatre Practices but it also focuses on rural, folk, classical and traditional theatre. With such exchange of knowledge and culture NSD aims to be the ultimate platform of theatrical and cultural exchanges in theatre not only in India but with other countries as well, where theatre is still alive”, added Prof. Kendre.


Shri Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, National School Of Drama Society says, “the Bharat Rang Mahotsav is a prestigious theatre festival and we select plays keeping in mind the variations of theatre, forms and style alongwith strong emphasis on in-depth asthetic expressions, newness and innovation. This is a great opportunity not only for existing theatre lovers but new audience as well to see the best of plays from around the world on one platform.”

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