Kosli theatre fever grips Balangir

February 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Following news item is from TOI:

BALANGIR: While theatre is fast losing popularity the world over, Balangir denizens will get the opportunity to take a dip in the festive fervour in the next 15 days, with Koshli Natbadi all set to kick off on 15 January. A series of drama festivals, which are in the offing, will stage diversified plays. While SITE Cultural Society will organize state-level Koshli Natbadi, a drama competition of a different sort, Bhumika, another cultural body is all set to organize national level multi-lingual theatre fest Matkhai Mahotsav that will begin on January 23. While the Koshli festival will stage the play in colloquial languages, all the plays in Matkhai fest will be of different language.

With the winter still on, it is a wonderful season for theatre lovers to flock together and enjoy the dying art of the area as well as skills of artistes from other state. SITE secretary Srikara Mishra said since it is the harvest season, the farmers and labourers are in the mood to celebrate. It is the best time for any cultural body to offer this kind of entertainment. “Our objective is to showcase the local flavour of land through these plays to enthrall the average audience. Apart from that, we will also felicitate outstanding artistes and plays too,” said Mishra. In the seven-day long festival, 22 plays will be staged. Matkhai, which is being organized under the chairmanship of Law Commission Member Narasingha Mishra, aims at reviving the urban and rural theatre and inspiring budding talents, will stage five plays in different language. Of them, the play of Dendish theatre group of Delhi will be a great hit, said Mahotsav president Dharmendra Prasad Nanda.

On each day, eminent personalities of the state will adorn the stage by their presence, while cine artistes will also be invited to encourage the artistes. On the first day, Natya Jyoti will be taken in a procession to Matkhai hill, about 5 km from here. In another effort, the organisation has formed an expert committee comprising veteran artistes to visit at least eight colleges every day during the festival and impart and guide students about the theatre.

A theatre lover, Sashi Sekhar Panda, said two organizations are making a rare effort to revive the theatre culture in the region. “Although there were doyens of drama here in Balangir, there have been no opportunities like this. This effort will definitely help improve the theatre culture in Balangir and contribute greatly to India’s theatre potential,” said Panda.

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Entry filed under: Balangir, Drama, Kosli Culture, Kosli language and literature, Kosli Song, Language, Mathkhai Mahotsav, Organizations, Region watch.

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