DIBRUGARH, Sept 22 � In an effort to provide an insight into the passion of theatre enthusiast young people of North-east region as also to offer an opportunity to experience plays in different forms and languages, the National School of Drama, New Delhi in collaboration with the district administration here is organising the sixth Poorvottar Natya Samaroh at the District Library auditorium here from tomorrow.
The National School of Drama is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India. It was set up by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1959 as one of its constituent units, which later became an independent entity in 1975. It is fully financed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and is functioning as an autonomous organisation under it.
The week-long event will showcase works of young directors and distinguished theatre personalities from North-east region. At least seven different plays will be staged from Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland and Assam in languages like Manipuri, Bengali, Mizo, Nepali, Nagamese and Assamese. Sudhir B Kulkarani, the Director of Theatre in Education Centre of Tripura, said that through the event, the National School of Drama was seeking to provide a platform for creative dialogue and interaction to facilitate better understanding of the diversity of the country as a multicultural India.
The plays which would be staged during the week-long Samaroh include Bacchae (Manipuri), Madhyabartini (Assamese), Saogari (Bodo), Swami Vivekananda (Bengali), Zawlpala Leh Tualvungi (Mizo), Kalo Sunakhari (Nepali) and Don�t Women, No Cry (Assamese).
Kulkarani along with Parag Sarmah, production manager of the National School of Drama, Anup Baruah, Public Relation Officer of NSD, Ashim Sarmah, the local coordinator and Biplab Borkakoti, the festival director, while addressing newsmen here said that the rich culture of North-east region must get exposure. �We want to showcase North-east to the rest of the country through plays from the region,� he said.
The National School of Drama offers three year training programme in theatre drama. The school also organises annual festival like Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Jashne-Bachpan and Bal Sangam every year in Delhi.
The idea to hold Poorvattar Natya Samaroh was floated in 2008 and thereafter events were organised in Guwahati, Gangtok, Agartala, Tezpur and Jorhat.