BARPETA March 21 � The 24th Rangghar Theatre Festival organised by Rangghar, a renowned socio-cultural organisation of Barpeta will be held in the auditorium of the District Library here with a four-day long programme from tomorrow.
The programme this year has been dedicated in the memory of late Dayal Chandra Sutradhar, a well known Borgeet artiste.
According to information provided by the organisers, apart from modern and contemporary drama traditional art forms will also be exhibited in the festival this year. Prime Time theatre company, Mumbai will perform Aadhe Aadhure written by Mohan Rakesh and directed by Lillete Dubey on the first day of the festival.
Nana Ranger Nana Din Bengali version of a play by Anton Chekhov and Pata Jo Re by Buddhadev Basu will be performed on March 23 by the famous Kolkata-based theatre group Nandikar. Both the dramas are directed by Rudraprasad Sengupta. Tanduri Chicken composed and directed by Rafiqul Hossain on the basis of Mahabidya by Manoj Mitra will be staged by Lalilang Theatre Rhythm of Morigaon on March 24.
On March 25, Akhara Ghar Natya Prashikshan Kendra, Dibrugarh will perform Sup Ek Prahashan which is written and directed by Ashim Kumar Sarma. Besides, Vivadi, New Delhi will stage Jibita Ya Mrita a play written by Geetanjalisree on the basis of the short stories by Rabindra Nath Tagore and directed by Anuradha Kapoor.
Apart from these theatrical performances, Sankardev Putala Nas Dal of Nalbari will show puppet theatre on March 23 while Kushan Gaan will be performed by Anchalik Loka Krishti Bikash Sangh, Gauripur on March 24.
A host of theatre personalities like Seema Biswas, Swatilekha Sengupta, Lillete Dubey, Rudra Prasad Sengupta and Dr Mohan Agashe will attend the festival in different capacities.
The theatre festival will be formally inaugurated by Nilomani Sen Deka, Minister of Agriculture in the evening of March 22. The Minister of Cultural Affairs, Pranati Phukan, renowned artiste couple Baharul Islam and Bhagirathi, Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta, Siddhartha Singh, journalist, publisher and social worker GL Agarwala and press secretary to the Chief Minister Abdul Khaleque will also attend the inaugural function. Bhuban Chandra Ray and Gobinda Talukdar, �kushan gaan� and puppet artiste respectively will be given public felicitation in the function.
The closing ceremony of the festival will take place on March 25. The Director of the National School of Drama, New Delhi Dr Anuradha Kapoor will attend the closing ceremony as the chief guest.