Week long drama fest concludes with Manoj Joshi’s Chanakya
GUWAHATI: The 23rd Natasurya Drama Festival, 2018 was held at Sri Sri Madhabdev International Auditorium and Srimanta Shankardev International Auditorium, Kalakshetra from 1st August to 7th August 2018. The concluding act for the weeklong fest was historical drama Chanakya, acted and directed by veteran Manoj Joshi.
The play, written by Mihir Bhuta, was presented by Mumbai-based group Dharmajam, which has been continuously staging the drama for the last 24 years.
A total of seven plays were staged during the festival that was organised by Natasurya Phani Sarma memorial celebration committee in collaboration with the state department of cultural affairs. While six drama groups of the state presented the first six plays, the seventh play was staged by Mumbai-based drama group Dharmajam.
The plays staged on the first six days were August Strindburg's Miss Julie directed by Boloram Das, Baharul Islam-scripted and directed play Swabhabjat, Jintu Bhattacharya’s Ejon Ahangkari Manu directed by Arjoo Amin and Tapan Deka, Nabajyoti Bora’s Hayera Jetuki Bai directed by Moni Bordoloi, Dr Ajit Bharali’s Dhanbar Ratani directed by Jyotiprasad Bhuyan, and Giyas Uddin Ahmed’s Bhagnangsha directed by Ashimkrishna Baruah.
The festival was inaugurated by Oil India Limited (OIL) chairman and managing director Utpal Bora. The guest of honour was OIL director (finance) Rupsikha Bora, while cultural affairs commissioner and secretary Pritam Saikia was present as special guest. Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and multi- talented artist Nuruddin Ahmed was also felicitated during the festival.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the concluding evening's performance in the presence of guest of honour and cultural affairs minister Naba Kumar Doley.