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Festival logo ‘Flag of Friendship’ released in inauguration ceremony at Red FortCurtains raised on International Theatre Olympics

8th international Theatre Olympics 2018 was inaugurated at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi on Saturday. The 51-day-long event will be theatrical extravaganza is being hosted in India by the National School of Drama under the aegis of Ministry of Culture. The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics is “Flag of Friendship” that aims to bridge borders and bring people of different cultures, beliefs and ideologies together through the medium of theatrical art

A rare opportunity to witness richness of world theatreCurtains raised on International Theatre Olympics


The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the event and also released the festival logo. The Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Theodoros Terzopoulos (Chairman of International Committee of Theatre Olympics, Greece), Acting Chairman of National School of Drama Society, Dr. Arjun Deo Charan, Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama,  Culture representatives from Poland ; Secretary, Culture, Raghvendra Singh and a large number of dignitaries representing various fields of art and culture were present on the occasion.

Theatre Olympics to travel to 17 India citiesCurtains raised on International Theatre Olympics


The Theatre Olympics 2018 will travel to 17 Indian cities with 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 power packed youth forum shows with participation of 25,000 artists from the globe. The festival will be concluded on 8th April 2018, with a grand ceremony at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai. The National School of Drama is the torchbearer of theatre in India and has trained some of the most respected actors and theatre stalwarts of all time. Established in 1959, it has a proud legacy spanning over six decades of theatrical perfection. Hosting the 8th Theatre Olympics adds another feather to the cap of this history institution. 

Biggest international celebration of theatreCurtains raised on International Theatre Olympics


The festival is considered the biggest international celebration of theatre in terms of plays, participants, performances and number of days. During the festival, plays will be held in Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram and Varanasi. Participants from 30 countries including Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mauritius, Nepal, Poland, Russia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, U.K and U.S.A would showcase their acumen in theatre. The foreign invitees are Theodoros Terzopoulos (Chairman of International Committee of Theatre Olympics, Greece), Tadashi Suzuki (Japan), Robert Wilson (U.S.A), Liu Libin (China), Jaroslaw Fret (Poland), SahikaTekand (Turkey), Eugenio Barba (Denmark), Romeo Castellucci (Italy), Heiner Goebbels (Germany), PippoDelbono (Italy), Jan Fabre (Belgium). Among the Indian theatre maestros are RatanThiyam, AlyquePadamsee, Rudra Prasad Sengupta, M.K Raina, Raj Bisaria, Bansi Kaul, Prof.Tripurari Sharma, Maya Rao and Soumitra Chatterjee.

60 ‘Living Legends’ series and 50 ‘Master Classes’Curtains raised on International Theatre Olympics

Numerous allied activities like exhibitions, symposia, ‘Interface’ and workshops with well-known academicians, authors, actors, designers and directors are scheduled to take place across 17 cities. The allied programs would boast of 60 ‘Living Legends’ series and 50 ‘Master Classes’. The 8th Theatre Olympics would also include 2 international seminars in Delhi and Mumbai with 6 national seminars in Bhopal, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata and Varanasi. Theatre and film veterans of the likes of Shabana Azmi, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Joshi, Himani Shivpuri, Seema Biswas and Saurabh Shukla will also take part during this grand theatrical treat.

NSD channels young voices through Advitiya 2018Curtains raised on International Theatre Olympics


The best way to preserve knowledge is to pass it on. Upholding this spirit, the students of National School of Drama are all pumped up for the theatre festival. Through the youth forum of National School of Drama, “Advitiya 2018”, young voices are being channelled through competitions like street plays, music bands, short play writing and theatre reporting. The competition on short play writing will have cash prizes of INR 25,000, 50,000 and 1 lakh. The youth forum will include eight diploma productions by outgoing design students of NSD, three plays from regional centres of NSD and three in-house productions by current students of NSD.

A gathering of creative minds at Natya MahakumbhCurtains raised on International Theatre Olympics


The Theatre Olympics was established in 1993 at Delphi, Greece. Being an international theatre festival, the Theatre Olympics presents some of the greatest theatre practitioners from around the world. It is a platform for theatrical exchange, a gathering place for students and masters, where a dialogue despite ideological, culture and language differences is encouraged. Since 1993, the Theatre Olympics has been held seven times in the following countries: Japan (1999), Russia (2001), Turkey (2006), South Korea (2010), China (2014), Poland (2016). The theme of the latest edition of Theatre Olympics being held in India is “Flag of Friendship”. This most awaited event of world theatre in India attempts to bring all the creative minds from across the globe to this ‘NatyaMahakumbh’.

 
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