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19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins
 
14 foreign plays to be performed in the theatre festival19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins

Offering a potpourri of plays from India as well as other countries, the 19th edition of National School of Drama's Bharat Rang Mahotsav began in New Delhi with much fanfare. The annual theatre extravaganza, slated to run through February 1-21, will see 14 foreign productions and participation of 12 countries. The audience will be able to feast their eyes on performances from England, Russia, Italy, Israel, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Romania, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, along with performances from folk artistes from around India.

Sonal Mansingh excited to perform this year19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins


"This year the festival is special, because this is going to be its last teenage (19th) year. I am happy that this festival, which is the biggest in Asia, is growing leaps and bounds with each and every passing year," NSD Director Waman Kendre said at the inauguration ceremony. Renowned Bhartnatyam and Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh, who was present at the event as the chief guest said she is "excited for having been invited to perform in the festival”. "I will be performing in the festival this time. I guess I will enact Krishna. Actually, it depends on His and my mood, if they match. But, definitely you all will get to see something new," said Mansingh.

Should defend and enact freedom of expression19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins


Setting the ball rolling for this giant of a theatre festival was the play titled, "Uttara Rama Charitham”. The event is touted as Asia's biggest International theatre festival. Also, present at the event eminent director Feroz Abbas Khan and Israeli theatre director Sushri Vera Berzak Schneider focussed on the freedom of expression and said festivals like these "should do everything to defend and enact freedom of expression”. "I wish this festival to be fearless, both for the artistes as well as the audience. Artistes should be fearless in touching the subject that really concerns them. "And I would like the audience to be fearless in the sense that they can allow themselves to be touched by what they see and experience," said the Israeli director.

 
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