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Kosli language play “Mau” aims to create record

Following report is from The Telegraph:

Sambalpur, April 10: A Sambalpuri play engrossed thousands of people gathered in Sundergarh. The playMaau was staged on Friday and Saturday evening by Navjeevan, a cultural organisation of Sundergarh.

The play depicted how tribal people became victims of the war between Maoists and the state. It illustrated how a tribal village, where people fulfilled their demands from the nature, had lost its identity due to the crisis.

In a false exchange of fire, a handicapped man loses his life and his sister has to fight to exonerate her brother from the charges labelled against him.

To absolve her brother, she agrees to surrender before the inquiry commissioner appointed by the government to investigate into the encounter. But she kills the commissioner instead, who invites her to a bungalow with lecherous intentions.

The atrocity inflicted on her turns her a Maoist but the innocent eyes of her niece Maau brings her to the mainstream.

Drama aficionados had an opportunity to watch this extraordinary play with a fascinating stage arrangement.

“I had heard about the play where 100 artistes were to act together on an 11,000-square feet stage,” said Parimal Panda, who was present in the audience.

“The story touched me. It was beyond my imagination that a play on such a big stage equipped with advanced technology is possible,” said Panda.

“Earlier, I had the opportunity to enjoy the play in a drama competition in Sambalpur. But, then the play was of one hour with just 15 artistes. But now I saw the play in its bigger form,” said Pradeep Behara, a resident of Sambalpur who had been to Sundergarh to watch the play.

“The performance by the actors was stupendous and the direction was awesome,” he added.

“The thrust of the play comes out in the scene when the protagonist realises that violence is not the solution to any problem,” said Narendra Pradhan, an artiste.

“Twenty female artists, seven child artists and 73 male artists performed on stage. There was a 30-member music team for this play which included seven songs,” said Pradeep Bhol, writer and director of the play.

The organisers of the play have applied for an entry into the Limca Book of Records.

Maroof Raza, a representative from the Limca Book of Records, said he was impressed with the act.

“With the special stage and huge number of artistes, the play has every chance to get an entry into the Limca Book of Records,” he said.

Following is another report from TOI:

BHUBANESWAR/SAMBALPUR: A play with tribal rights and naxalism as its theme is likely to enter the record books by becoming the biggest ever stage show of its kind in the world.

The play, organized by the cultural organization, Nabajiban’, is scheduled to be staged in Sundargarh, 300 km from here, on April 8. An 11,000 square foot stage, modelled on a tribal village, has been created at the Sundargarh civic centre for the play Mau’ in which 100 artistes, including 20 women and seven children will perform for two hours. There will be 50 other artistes who will provide back-stage support.

“Preparations are on for the show for the past six months. It will be the biggest event in the history of drama in the state and it aspires to create a world record,” said Pradip Bhol, president of Nabajiban. A repeat performance will be held at the same venue on April 9.

Nabjiban has been orginizing plays since 1976 as part of the Basant Mahotsav. “We have written to the Limca Book of Records to come and list it. They are coming,” said Bhol, who is also a producer of Oriya movies.

Mau, the central character of the play is a girlchild who has been betrayed and befooled both by the state and the extremists. A seven-year-old girl, Prachestita, plays the character. The language of the play will be Sambalpuri, the most popular dialect in this part of Orissa.

Bhol, who is also the writer-director of the play, said the massive scale was chosen to get maximum attention for the theme, which has affected Orissa and other Indian states badly. It carries the message that violence is no answer to any social problem. Sundargarh district, with a population of over 18 lakh, and bordering Jharkhand, is one of the largest Naxal-dominated districts in the state.

Narendra Pradhan, a lecturer in Sundargarh College, who plays the character of a schoolteacher in the play, said the broader message of the play is how innocent tribals are caught between government’s development plank and the extremists’ violent path. They, otherwise, are peace-loving and content with life.

While LED lights and Dolby digital sound will be used in the play, there will be 12 LCD screens to facilitate viewing for the expected 20,000-strong audience, Bhol said.

April 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm 1 comment

Kosli theatre fever grips Balangir

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.

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

Eleven-day Dhanu Jatra begins in Bargarh

Following is from

BARGARH: Curtains went up for the 11-day ‘Dhanu Yatra’, considered the biggest open air theatre of Asia, in Bargarh today.

 With the central theme of this festival borrowed from the ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’, the enactment on day one begins with wedding of his sister Devaki with Basudev besides Kansa’s accession to the throne and concludes with ‘Kansa Badha’ at the hands of nephew Lord Krishna.

After the marriage, a confident Kansa moves towards the Durbar of King Ugrasen, his father and dethrones him to capture the kingdom marking the beginning of his tyrannical rule. But the joy of marriage and the pride of his accession to the throne for the demon King is short-lived.

While he moves around atop a caparisoned elephant in a procession along with the newly-wed couple, a divine voice warns Kansa of his impending death at the hands of the eighth child born to Devi and Basudev. The warning is enough for Kansa to put his sister Devaki and her husband Basudev in jail.

 Interestingly, the day one saw the scene shifting from Ramji Mandir in Talipada where celestial wedding of Devaki and Basudev is solemnised, dethroning and accession to the throne besides warning by divine voice at Hatpada and imprisonment of Devaki and Basudev at the makeshift prison at Radha Krushna Temple at Hatpada.

 The entire Bargarh municipal limits, spread over 5 square km, turns into a stage and every citizen plays a role.

The geographical setting of Bargarh municipal limits also conforms to Mathura, where King Kansa ruled. The river Jeera represents the  Yamuna. Ambapali village across the Jeera turns into Gopapur where Krishna is brought up. The festival which is a synthesis of stage, theatre and cinema is held for seven to 11 days preceding the Pousa Purnima.

Thanks to Mr.Surendra Kumar Hota for the following pictures:

January 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Balangir based cultural organisation “Bhumika” to host Mathkhai Mahotsav, from January 23 to 27.

Following is from The Telegraph:

Balangir, Jan. 3: Balangir-based cultural organisation Bhumika is all set to host Mathkhai Mahotsav, a multilingual theatre festival from January 23 to 27.

The five-day festival will showcase some of the best plays from across the country. Two Hindi and one Marathi play will be part of the fare.

President of the organising committee of the festival, Chitta Ranjan Dash said apart from staging plays from other states, the organisation would try to revive rural theatre, which was dying fast.

“This time we are focusing on the revival of rural theatre. Apart from the plays that will be staged every evening, rural artistes will also be provided the platform to stage their plays,” Dash said. The theatre festival will open with Koshali play Ukhi, written by Vinod Pasayat and directed by Suresh Chandra Sahu.

Pendish theatre group from New Delhi will stage Hindi play Sarkari Feminism written by Anuradha Marwa and directed by Sanjaya Kumar on January 24. On January 25, Marathi play Ajantha written and directed by Milind Inamdar will be staged by Srujan theatre group of Mumbai. On the fourth day of the festival Oriya play Chaitu will be staged by Pyayas theatre group of Rourkela. Nirman Kalamanch of Patna will stage Hari Shankar written by Srikant Kishore and directed by Sanjaya Upadhyaya.

Rural artistes will mostly perform mythological plays that are dying. They will perform plays such as Karna Badha, Laxmi Purana, Sita Chori and Ushabati Harana. On the opening day of the festival, the Natyajyoti flame will be taken out in a procession from the Mathkhai hill near Balangir. “The festival is named after Mathkhai hill as it symbolises the rich heritage of Balangir,” said Byasadev Nanda, secretary of Bhumika.

January 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

Parameswar Mund: A famous writer, dramatist and scholar of Koshal region

Shri Parameswar Mund is a native of Polaka Munda, Kalahandi.  He is a well-known writer, dramatist and scholar of Koshli and Oriya literature. He is the author of Sandhi Bichheda. His works are widely covered by media. Following is an excerpt from “The Hindu” that writes about his drama Maet Maa:

“Based on the rows over displacement for industrialisation in tribal pockets that has rocked Orissa in recent years, Maet Maa (mother earth) directed by Parameswar Mund and staged by Adim theatres of Bhawanipatna of Kalahandi district ……………. The director also chose to use tribal dance sequences to show change of scenes.

Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at the University of Viswa Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal. Click here to download the complete profile of Shri Parameswar Mund.

January 16, 2010 at 9:57 am Leave a comment

Complete profile of the ‘LOO’, Padampur, Bargarh

The Loo, Padampur is a cultural organization devoted to art & Theatre. Instituted in 1993, The Loo has pioneered a new era of theatre activities in Western Orissa.The Loo productions are in Sambalpuri/Kosli, the language spoken in Western Odisha. The plays are glocal, drawing life and blood from the folkloristically rich Budasambar region and imbibing in them universal human values. Click here to download complete profile of the ‘LOO’.

January 16, 2010 at 9:25 am 1 comment

Koshli drama competition held

Following is a report from

Sambalpur: The 11th All Orissa Sambalpuri Drama Competition, organised by Yuba Udayan, was recently held at the Aranyaka Mandap at Jharuapara here..

At the concluding day of the five-day competition, Panjha bagged the award for the Best Drama of 2007.

The drama was staged by Loo, a state-level cultural group. Director of Panjha Kesha Ranjan Pradhan was presented the Best Director Award. Speaking on the occasion, MLA of Sambalpur and transport and commerce minister Jayanarayan Mishra said that the effort of Yuba Udayan is not merely to popularise Sambalpuri drama. It has been emerged as a cultural revolution in the state. The best three dramas will be staged in Bhubaneswar during the Nuakhai celebrations, he assured.

January 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

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