BARPETA, Oct 9 � The 26th edition of the National Theatre Festival is being organised by Rangghar, a noted organisation in the State in the field of culture, from October 17 to 19.
The festival this year has been dedicated to the memory of Jnanpeeth winner and international scholar of Ramayan literature Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami.
As per schedule, the Rangghar Theatre Festival 2014 will be inaugurated by Minister of PWD and Cultural Affairs Ajanta Neog at a function to be held at 6.10 pm in the District Library auditorium. Renowned stage and celluloid artiste Prastuti Parasar will attend the inaugural function as the chief guest. Ramen Deka, Member of Parliament from Mangaldoi parliamentary constituency will initiate tributes to the great souls. Dr Siddhartha Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta will attend the programme as the distinguished guest. A souvenir to be published on this occasion will be released in the function by veteran writer Thaneswar Malakar. Progressive writer and thinker Bijanlal Choudhury and reputed Satriya artiste Sasadhar Sutradhar will be felicitated in the function.
Just after the inaugural function, Rangghar Barpeta will present �Mamare Dhara Tarowal�, a play with selected portions of the novel with the same mame by Mamoni Raisom Goswami and directed by Jyoti Prasad Das. Puppet theatre, �Nak Kata Raja� directed by Sudip Gupta will be presented by the Doll�s Theatre of Kolkata.
Soraren Rapartory from Imphal will present �Khang Ta� a drama directed by L Satyajit Singh at 6.10 pm on October 18. The group will also present some semi-dramatical and Manipuri folk cultural items also. �The Lesson�, a play originally written by Eugene Ionisk and translated and directed by famous Assamese dramatist Dulal Roy, will be presented by Rangapeeth of Guwahati.
Ninad Chamata, Nalbari will present �Khittal � the Farce� at 6.10 on the concluding day of the festival, ie., October 19. The play has been composed and directed by Nripen Dutta on the basis of some prevalent tradition of Kamrup. �Ham Mukhtara� will be presented by Rangalarmi from Kolkata also on that night.
The Rangghar Theatre Festival is a very well organised event in Barpeta. Several amateur theatre groups from all over the country have participated in it since the past 25 years.