Jamshedpur, April 15: In a bid to revive and popularize theatre in Steel city, Urban Services Division of Tata Steel will be organising 4-day ‘Theatre Festival’ at Rabindra Bhavan in Sakchi. The festival will feature seven plays in Hindi, Bengali and Santhali from 17 to 20 April, 2015.
“This is the first time Urban Services has taken an initiative to revive theatre in Jamshedpur which is dying due to lack of support and encouragement and we hope to carry this trend in coming years also”, said G Sharan, Head, Special Project and Urban Services, Tata Steel at a press meet on Wednesday.
Talking about the event, Sharan informed that the festival will be held in association with Taj (Theatre Artists of Jamshedpur) Group were 4 Bangla plays Nirastra, Swarn Anguli, Kurbani and Chariganga directed by Soumitra Chatterjee (Padma Bhusan and Dada Sahab Phalke Award winner) will be presented by Taj group on 18 and 19 April.
“The festival will also help to provide platform to the artist of Jamshedpur for putting plays while organizing plays by renowned artists and theatre group will sensitize theatre artiste of Jamshedpur for high standard of plays”, said Sharan adding that the event will kick off on April 17 at Rabindra Bhawan with the play ‘Hum Mukhtara’ directed by Usha Ganguli and will be presented by Rangakarmee, Kolkata.
April 18 and 19 will be hosted by TAJ group while the concluding day on April 20 ‘Jungli Bhalu’ directed by Md. Nizam will be presented by PATH of Jamshedpur. On the same day the last play will be feature is Santhali ‘Jugi Tiriao’ directed by Jeetrai Hansdah and will be presented by Maidi’s Artists Association of Tribal, Jamshedpur.
Renowned theatre groups will perform at the 4-day event including Shyam Bazar Mukho Mukhi (Kolkata), Sangstab (Kolkata), Maidi’s Artists Association of Tribal (Jamshedpur) and Usha Ganguly (Kolkata).
For creating good cultural environment in Jamshedpur, these sorts of events will have to be organized which will showcase different cultural events for the denizens of the city, Sharan signed off.
Also present at the press meet was TK Sinha, Secretary and AK Dey, treasurer at Theatre Artists of Jamshedpur (TAJ).