DIBRUGARH, March 2 - Dr Nagen Saikia while inaugurating a drama festival of All India Radio here yesterday said poetic sentiment is a must to undertake any creative work. The festival, dramas of which are to be broadcast from March 6, was inaugurated by the literary doyen in a function held at District Library auditorium here on Sunday.
In his speech, Dr Saikia said that radio drama is a special medium that brings entertainment through various auditory cues. Briefing the audience about the aims and objectives of this drama festival, Programme Head of All India Radio Dibrugarh, Lohit Deka said that during its 51 years of service to the society, AIR Dibrugarh has been striving hard to popularise folk culture, theatre and literature hidden in the remote areas and villages of the easternmost part of the country. This drama festival is a part of that in which it is tried to give a new platform for the amateur theatre groups of Assam, he said.
Deka also mentioned that the Station is aiming for a positive social change through this drama festival in which dramas performed by 12 amateur theatre groups of Assam will be broadcast. He emphasised that amateur theatre groups can play a vital role in promoting the Assamese language in the correct form and that is why special care has been taken in pronunciation while recording the dramas of the festival. In this inaugural function, all the invitees were welcomed by the Head of AIR here, Rajesh Arjun Beldar.
The inaugural function was decorated with a Sutradhari Nritya of Ankiya Naat Keli Gopal by the artistes of Samaguri Satra, Majuli, act by Sanjay Kharghariya from Lakshminath Bezbaroa�s legendary creation Kripabor Baruar Kakotor Topola, and modern songs by Geetalin Dutta and Subrata Khound.
It is to be noted that during the festival, the hour-long dramas will be broadcast at 8 pm every Monday and Friday which will be repeated at 12:30 pm on every Tuesday and Saturday. The recording of the dramas have already been completed.
The participating groups of this Radio Drama Festival organized by All India Radio Dibrugarh are Macbeth Drama from Dhemaji, Naatghar from North Lakhimpur, North-East Theatre Academy, Dergaon, Jorhat Theatre, Sonari branch of Asom Natya Sanmilan, Akhora Ghor from Dibruagrh, Pathar from Duliajan, Natyapeeth of Sivasagar, Bhawareeya-The T Positives, Majuli, Tinsukia�s Monikanchan Cultural Group, Golaghat Amateur Theatre Society and Dergaon Natya Charcha Kendra.
Some of the renowned artistes taking part in this festival of Radio Drama are Asim Kumar Sharma, Gunamani Baruah, Pabitra Baruah, Anupam Koushik Borah, Pabitra Chetia, Sapon Jyoti Thakur etc. The directors of the dramas to be broadcast in the festival were felicitated in the inaugural ceremony by some retired officials of AIR Dibrugarh, a release stated.