GUWAHATI, July 18 � The seven-day theatre festival of the Natasurya Memorial Celebration Committee will be another extravaganza that will highlight the transitions sweeping the theatre movement in the State.
In its 16th edition, the fiesta will begin on August 1 and the star attraction will be the performance by the invited artiste Lillete Dubey and her Prime Time Theatre group from Mumbai.
General secretary of the Natasurya Memorial Celebration Committee Gyasuddin Ahmed informed that there would be two shows by the Lillete Dubey group and the play is titled Andhe Adhure (The Incomplete One).
It needs to be mentioned here that the annual theatre festival of the Committee has succeeded in creating a lot of enthusiasm in theatre lovers over the years. Apart from the typical plays one is used to viewing, the festival also offers the opportunity to get initiated to new ideas and experiments percolating the domain of theatre.
A total of seven groups will be staging their plays at Rabindra Bhawan here.
The other six directors whose plays will be staged include Dulal Roy, Upakul Bordoloi, Gyasuddin Ahmed, Anup Hazarika, Ashok Chakravorty from Silchar, and Mrinal Borah.
For the first time, the organizers have included a Bengali play in their itinerary as a mark of respect for Rabindranath Tagore whose 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated across the country.
On the other hand, the organizers will dedicate three evenings to Tagore, Munin Bhuyan and Rudra Choudhury who are no more.
�We felicitate and present a small financial aid to three personalities from the cultural world every year and this year we have decided to honour veteran technician Achyut Bishaya and theatre personalities Girish Talukdar and Rina Borah,� said Ahmed.
The festival will be declared open by 101 luminaries from the cultural world by lighting of 101 earthen lamps. The opening chorus is always looked forward to by the audience as it is performed by prominent artistes and this year, too, there would be no exception to this tradition. Artistes like Archana Mahanta, Khagen Mahanta, Manisha Hazarika, Pulak Bannerjee and others will be in the team that will render the chorus.