GUWAHATI, Jan 27 � �Acting, especially in theatres, is not just to act, but an act to portray the real life scene on the stage with genuineness, where the actor completely gets into the character. One-act plays, on the other hand, need further expertise where the purpose of acting is to entertain people and spread a message within a limited time-frame and means.�
After inaugurating the 35th edition of the Jyotirupa North East One-Act Play Competition at the Rabindra Bhawan here on Saturday, veteran journalist and former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Kanaksen Deka said this.
The Kishore Thakuria Memorial Mono Acting Contest marked the beginning of the programme.
�The popularity of one-act plays suffered a setback a few years back but thanks to the efforts made by organizations like the Jyotirupa, this segment of theatre has again become immensely popular with the audience as also with theatre groups,� Deka said, highlighting the need of some permanent theatre halls in the State, where plays could be staged regularly.
The Jyotirupa North East One-Act Play Competition is being held from January 25 to 30 at the Rabindra Bhawan from 4 pm onwards. This year, 44 teams are participating in the competition.
Jyotirupa, a socio-cultural organization, has been working tirelessly towards providing a platform to amateur theatre groups and popularizing theatre among the masses.
Lauding the efforts of the organization, Deka said that it is not easy to maintain the continuity of a cultural organization for 35 long years and the credit must be given to the leadership and dedicated culture-loving people associated with it.
Naren Hazarika, general secretary of Jyotirupa, while welcoming the guests, said that the one-act plays and mono-acting competitions have received overwhelming response from the participants.
A souvenir commemorating the event was also released on the occasion. President of Jyotirupa and editor of The Assam Tribune PG Baruah, working president Dilip Baruah and vice president Dr Roman Sarma, among others, were also present on the occasion.