GUWAHATI, Jan 10 � Theatre enthusiasts in the city are up for a gala time with productions by noted international directors, including Gabrielle Neuhaus from Israel and Ushio Amagatsu of Japan to be the major attractions at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav starting here tomorrow.
Guwahati will for the first time host the Mahotsav, the annual international theatre festival organised by the National School of Drama (NSD), with six plays scheduled to be performed at the Rabindra Bhawan from January 11 to16.
While the fortnight long 16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav started at New Delhi on January 4, for the first time two cities in the North East � Guwahati and Imphal � have been selected as hosts for the satellite festival which has been conducted since the past many years to give the festival a national colour.
Speaking to the media here today, NSD director Prof Waman Kendre said six plays have been selected for the festival�s Guwahati and Imphal round. While the Imphal edition of the event started yesterday, Guwahati will host the first play tomorrow.
Among the six plays which will feature during the festival, three productions are from abroad.
They are The Women Who Didn�t Want to Come Down to Earth directed by Israeli playwright and director Gabrielle Neuhaus which will be performed on the inaugural day, Utsushi directed by Japanese director and choreographer Ushio Amagatsu (on January 13) and Sindu Kirilli by the Red Wings Theatre Group of Sri Lanka which is being directed by Buddhika Damayantha (on January 16).
In addition, three Indian dramas � Pampa Bharata in Kannada by Pramod Shiggaon (January 12), Those Who Could Not Hear The Music in English by Vikram Iyengar (January 14) and a Tamasha in Marathi directed by Sambhaji Raje Jadhav (January 15) � would also be staged during the six-day event in Guwahati.
�Our target is to reach to the farthest corners of the country. Maybe, next year we will have the festival in five cities across India and in coming years the Rang Mahotsav can be expected in at least 20 places around the country,� Kendre said.