Published On: Wed, Feb 18th, 2015

​17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav comes to an end with Aadirang

New Delhi:rangmahostav The 17th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav has come to an end on 18 February 2015 with Aadirang –
​​​​an ensemble of 130 tribal performers from 7 various states of India presented by National School of Drama & coordinated by Dr. Laique Hussain which was performed for the ‘First’ time in the history of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, following the valedictory ceremony of Bharat Rang Mahotsav.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India, and Guests of Honour were Shri Shekhar Sen, eminent theatre personality & chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi and Shri Pankaj Kapur, renowned theatre and film personality.

Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “It is our pleasure that this year with all the eminent alumni have come back to home and celebrated the festival with zeal. I am happy that they are back and have presented their wish to contribute to the school in any manner they can. I am thankful to at least 75000 audience who made the festival successful.”

Shri Shekhar Sen, Eminent Theatre Personality & Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi recalling an instance said, “In the past a theatre lover in Bengal was called as ‘Natak Pagala’. He also said that without madness and passion a theatre artist is incomplete.”

Shri Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, NSD Society said, “Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2015, has emerged out as one of the most powerful festivals of India with allied events such as, Tribute to Shombhu Mitra, Veenapani Chawla and Begum Akhtar, Breaking the borders and many more events including some brainstorming sessions; it has provided a ground for better understanding of theatre as a whole.”

Shri Pankaj Kapur, eminent film & theatre said, “I am glad to see the festival growing exponentially over the years in terms of quality productions and audience. For theatre to grow quality and quantity should go hand in hand. It makes me feel very rich that from traditions and folk art of the country, to modern thinking of the today’s youth to the intellectuals, everything has been put under the roof of this festival by National School of Drama. I think it is a great endeavour by NSD and I congratulate them.”

Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India said, “Though I am not from the cultural ministry, I assure that I will work like a spokesperson of NSD and represent this institution of national eminence in the government so that it can be seen as one of the best theatre institution of international repute.”

With many first of its kind initiatives 17th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav has been able to receive appreciation as the best festival so far. The theme for the Festival was ‘Breaking The Borders’ and the festival witnessed participation from around 12 countries of the world along with national participation from different regions of India. The Festival also travelled to various cities of the country, which included Agartala, Jabalpur, Goa and Aurangabad this time.

National School of Drama facilitated various colleges and institutes which performed at this year’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav. The idea behind the initiative was to connect the young generation with theatre. Several ambience performances comprising of folk performance, children’s theatre were also a part of this year’s festival.

This year, Theatre Bazar was also set up for the theatre lovers, enthusiasts and audience in general. In the Theatre Bazar products related to theatre were showcased. The entire NSD campus was transformed into a festival ground for entire 18 days where food, music, handloom & handicraft products were made available for audience. A huge 3D replica of NSD was also created which enhanced the ambience of the festival.
The festival also had allied activities like seminars, exhibitions and lecture demonstrations.World Theatre Forum which was one of the important events of Bharat Rang Mahotsav had sessions from Eminent Theatre Personalities.

17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, National School of Drama also started to organize Sessions with various Living Legends. Om Puri,Anupam Kher, Birju Maharaj, Krishna Sobti, Pankaj Kapur graced the sessions with their presence this year.​

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