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Drama festival concludes

Staff Reporter

The festival was organised by Odisha Natak Samaroh Samity

— Photo: Lingaraj Panda

A scene from the play "Nisanga Nayika" (The lonely actress) being enacted by artistes of Kalatitha on the concluding day of the 3rd state-level Drama festival in Berhampur on Monday.

BERHAMPUR: The third State-level drama festival organised in the city concluded on Monday night.

The festival organised by ‘Odisha Natak Samaroh Samity' proved that proper publicity and qualitative plays can again attract audience to the proscenium theatre. At present professional open stage ‘opera' style melodramatic theatre has mass following in the State . But with time ‘Proscenium Theatre' which is promoted by amateur theatre activists seem to be losing ground.

But this non-competitive amateur theatre festival held at Kavisurya Rangamanch auditorium proved that good plays can have packed houses. President of the organising committee Anil Kumar Patra said success of this year's festival has made them think for having more active amateur troupes from all over Orissa to participate in this festival, which may be made longer.

Veteran theatre activist Raju Padhi, who is also part of the organising committee said it was quite a welcome sign that large number of sponsors came out to promote this festival.

“The sponsors and advertisers surely felt they could promote brand names through the popularity of the drama festival among the audience,” he said. Editor of ‘Abhinaya Jagat' Mihir Tripathy was all praises for innovative measures like Rathyatra and quiz on the plays enacted which attracted crowd to the festival. He also thanked the organisers for bringing great director of Oriya stage like Choudhury Bikash Dash act on stage in the city.

The play on the concluding day was ‘Nihsanga Nayika' enacted by ‘Kalatirtha' a troupe of veteran theatre activists of the city. It was story of a heroine who acts on stage and her fight in life. It also drew packed audience.

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