GUWAHATI, Sept 12 - The ninth annual Brajanath Sharma Memorial Drama Festival got under way at the Rabindra Bhawan here last evening.
Scholar and social scientist Dr Hiren Gohain did the formal inauguration, while the souvenir, Kohinoor, was released by veteran film and theatre actor Anil Das. The festival lamp was lit by Brajanath Sharma�s daughter Nirmala Mishra and granddaughter Neelakshi Mishra Sharma.
The function was followed by the first night�s play. Natyam from Puranigudam, Nagaon, presented Kanchan Ranga written by Shambhu Mitra. The satirical drama was directed by Anjan Bhuyan.
Guwahati�s Naat presented Sincha Paanir Maas this evening. The play is written by Mahendra Barthakur and directed by Manash Protim Neog. The drama beautifully enacts the complexities in the State�s social, political and bureaucratic circles. The play revolves around the theft of a scooter of a lady journalist and the incidents thereafter till the recovery of the stolen property.
Tomorrow Samahar Natya Gosthee will perform the maiden show of Jugasandhi, written and directed by Dr Sitanath Lahkar. The play is based on a rich cultural element - Ojapali -- which is fading into oblivion nowadays. It beautifully showcases the clash between modern and folk cultural elements, represented respectively by Rock and Ojapali. The lyrical play ends with a clarion call by Ojapali for its survival, whereas the Rock band accepts the inherent beauty in the folk element.