The 10th edition of the ‘Poorvottar Natya Samaroh’, the North-east theatre festival will be held at the Siddhartha Hall in Itanagar of Arunachal Pradesh from January 19 to 28 next.
The theatre festival is being organized by the New Delhi-based National School of Drama (NSD) in collaboration with the state’s Art & Culture department. This was apprised by Riken Ngomle during a press conference here this afternoon. Riken is an actor, director, actor trainer, martial artist and choreographer, and one of the first from Arunachal Pradesh to graduate from National School of Drama, New Delhi.
Ngomle, who is managing the event, also informed that 10 drama troupes from Assam, Manipur, Tripura and host Arunachal Pradesh will stage plays in regional languages during the eight-day theatre festival.
“For the last eight-nine years, the theatre festival has been creating a platform for staging a rich and wide range of plays from across the North-east,” Ngomle added.
“It is a proud moment for the state that the NSD has selected Itanagar for the tenth edition of the festival,” Ngomle further said, adding the festival would surely create more platforms for the artists of Arunachal Pradesh.
The festival is organized every year at a different city after it was first organized at Guwahati, Assam in 2008. This year, the NSD has selected Itanagar for the 10th edition.
The plays to be staged are Abotani and Dudnaam (a mythology by Victor Thoudam) by Riken Ngomle; Bano by Kismat Bano; Lehron Ke Rajhans by Abinash Sharma; Chahi Chamagi Matung by Ningombam Rajen Meetei; O Mur Aai by Mrinal Kumar Bora; The Journey of the Rings by Gunakar Dev Goswami; Dhaniramar Theatre by Krishna Bhuyan; Kunja Rashar Pala by Subrata Chakraborty, and Chinnamul by Asim Kumar Nath.
While inviting people to come and witness the festival, Ngomle informed there is no entry fee and anyone interested can just walk in and watch the plays.
However, he made it clear that first come first served basis will be applied as far as seat capacity is concerned.