51-day long 8th Theatre Olympics staged 433 plays and hosted 78 Allied Activities

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New Delhi, April 8, 2018: The 51-day long 8th Theatre Olympics, the international theatre festival held in India for the first time, staged 433 plays and hosted 78 Allied Activities including 34 Living Legends, 29 Master Classes, 7 Interfaces, 6 Seminars and 2 Workshops across 17 cities.

New Delhi staged 166 plays including 51 international, 12 English, 33 Hindi and 50 regional productions. The city hosted 8 Living Legend series graced by Mr. Eugenio Barba (world-famous theatre director), Pt. Jasraj (Padma Vibhushan vocalist), Ms. Sarita Joshi (theatre, film and television actor), Mr. Chandrashekhar Kambar (playwright, novelist and folklorist), Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh (painter, art historian and writer), Mr. Girish Kasaravalli (Kannada film personality), Ms. Sai Paranjpye (theatre and film director) and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod maestro). The city also hosted 3 Master Class series attended by Mr. M Nasser (film actor), Mr. Subodh Gupta (world-famous sculptor) and Mr. K.S. Radhakrishnan (renowned sculptor) and 2 Interface sessions with Mr. Tobias Veit and Mr. Swanand Kirkire (lyricist, singer and composer). Apart from that, an international seminar on ‘Narrative, New Narrative, Post Narrative: Making of Newness’ was also held in the city along with a lecture by Mr. Jan Fabre, an internationally acclaimed theatre actor.

Mumbai staged 27 plays including 6 international, 1 English, 13 Hindi and 7 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend session graced by Ms. Vijaya Mehta (theatre and film director and actor), 2 Master Classes attended by Mr. Darshan Jariwala (film, theatre and television actor) and Mr. Mahesh Dattani (playwright, director and actor) and 3 Interface sessions with Mr. Nitish Bhardwaj (film and television actor, director and screenwriter), Mr. Harish Bhimani (anchor and voice-over artiste) and Mr. Akhilendra Mishra (film and television actor). Apart from that an international seminar on ‘Who Shrinks My Theatre’ was also held in the city.

Bhopal staged 28 plays including 5 international, 13 Hindi and 10 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend session graced by Mr. Raj Bisaria (director, producer, actor, and educationist) and 3 Master Classes attended by Mr. Govind Namdev (film actor), Mr. Vibhuti Narain Rai (Hindi author) and Mr. Mohan Agashe (theatre and film actor). A national seminar on ‘Practice of Natyashashtra’ was also held in the city.

Bangalore staged 25 plays including 4 international, 1 English, 5 Hindi and 15 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend session graced by Mr. V Ramamurthy (author) and 1 Master Class attended by Mr. Hamsalekha (film composer and songwriter).

Kolkata staged 21 plays including 6 international, 2 Hindi, 1 English and 12 regional productions. The city hosted 2 Living Legend series graced by Ms. Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatnatyam dancer and choreographer) and Ms. Rita Ganguly (dancer, musician and vocalist), 1 Master Class attended by Mr. Chapal Kumar Bhaduri (theatre actor) and 1 national seminar on ‘Time, Historicity & Memory’.

Ahmedabad staged 15 plays including 1 international, 8 Hindi and 6 regional productions. The city hosted 2 Living Legend series graced by Mr. Janak Dave (theatre personality) and Ms. Kumudini Lakhia (Kathak dancer and choreographer), 2 Master Class series attended by Mr. Utpal Bhayani (playwright and critic) and Ms. Gopi Desai (film and television actor and director) and 1 Interface session with Mr. Siddarth Randeria (film and theatre actor).

Chandigarh staged 15 plays including 1 international, 1 English, 9 Hindi and 4 regional productions. The city hosted 5 Living Legend series graced by Mr. Virender Mendiratta (author), Mr. Mohan Maharishi (theatre director, actor and playwright), Mr. Atamjit Singh (playwright), Ms. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry (theatre director) and Ms. Rani Balbir Kaur (theatre personality) and 2 Master Class series attended by Mr. C S Krishna Shetty, Ms. Nalini Kumudini and Ms. Kamalini (Kathak dancer sisters). Apart from that, a national seminar ‘Myth, History & Theatre’ was also held in the city.

Jaipur staged 15 plays including 1 international, 7 Hindi and 7 regional productions. The city hosted 2 Living Legend series graced by Mr. Nand Kishore Acharya (playwright, poet and critic) and Ms. Bhanu Bharti (theatre director), 2 Master Class series attended by Mr. Rajeev Sethi (Padma Bhushan designer, scenographer and art curator) and Mr. Wasiffuddin Dagar (classical singer) and 1 Interface session with Mr. Bansi Lal Khiladi (folk singer). Apart from that, a national seminar ‘Role of Audience in Defining Theatre’ was also held in the city.

Varanasi staged 15 plays including 2 international and 13 Hindi productions. The city hosted 2 Living Legend series graced by Dr. Pratibha Agrawal (author) and Pt. Chhannulal Mishra (classical singer), 1 Master Class with Ms. Margi Madhu (Kudiyattam artist) and 1 national seminar on ‘Tradition of Indian Contemplation and Natyashahtra’.

Bhubaneshwar staged 15 plays including 3 international, 2 English, 4 Hindi and 6 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend session graced by Mr. Raghunath Mahapatra (Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan architect and sculptor) and 2 Master Classes attended by Ms. Ileana Citaristi (Odissi and Chhau dancer) and Mr. Adwaita Charan Gadanayak (art director, historian and art curator).

Guwahati staged 15 plays including 2 international, 4 Hindi and 9 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend graced by Mr. Jahnu Barua (film director) and 2 Master Classes attended by Mr. Adil Hussain (theatre and film actor) and Ms. Seema Biswas (theatre and film actor).

Patna staged 14 plays including 4 international, 3 Hindi and 7 regional productions. The city hosted 2 Living Legend series graced by Mr. Bharat Singh Bisht and Mr. M S Sathyu (Padma Shri film director, stage designer and art director) and 2 Master Classes attended by Mr. Vineet Kumar (film actor and writer) and Mr. Sanjay Mishra (film and television actor).

Jammu staged 11 plays including 2 international, 8 Hindi and 1 regional production. The city hosted 2 Living Legend series graced by Mr. Moti Lal Khemu (playwright) and Mr. M K Raina (theatre director and actor) and 1 Master Class attended by Ms. Ved Kumari (author).

Agartala staged 10 plays including 4 international, 1 English and 5 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend session graced by Mr. Manoj Mitra (theatre, film and television actor, director and playwright) and 1 Master Class attended by Ms. Bijli Chakraborty (folk artist).

Imphal staged 9 plays including 1 international, 2 English, 1 Hindi and 5 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend graced by Mr. R K Singhajit Singh (classical dancer and choreographer).

Thiruvanathapuram 7 plays including 2 international and 5 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend session graced by P Madhavan Nair (film actor) and 1 Master Class attended by Mr. Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri (classical theatre performer).

Chennai staged 10 plays including 1 international, 2 English, 1 Hindi and 6 regional productions. The city hosted 1 Living Legend graced by Mr. Thiru Muthuswamy (theatre practitioner), 2 workshops with Ms. Madhavi Mudgal (Padma Shri Odissi dancer), Mr. Kajal Ghosh (theatre music director) and Mr. Govind Pandey (film actor) and 3 Master Class series attended by Ms. Priyadarshini Singh, Ms. Revathi Menon (film actor and director) and Mr. Sashikanth (film producer and architect).

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Sunday, April 8, 2018