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Mar 20, 2014
University of Mumbai's Academy of Theatre Arts presents 'Rashtriya Maharang Parishad 2014' powered by ZEE

University of Mumbai today announced the Rashtriya Maharang Parishad and 7th Rashtriya Vasant Natyotsav powered by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) which will be held from the 24th to the 30th of March, 2014. The Hon'ble Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Dr Rajan Welukar has conceptualized this festival with a view to bring theatre practitioners from diverse forms across India to assemble under one roof to discuss the future of Indian Theatre. This festival is supported and executed by the Hon'ble Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr Naresh Chandra and Dr Rajpal Hande, Director BCUD, and the National School of Drama and Maharashtra State Government have also extended their generous support towards the same.

Shailja Kejriwal, Head – Special Projects, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, said “ZEE is very proud to be partnering with the Rashtriya Maharang Parishad – National Theatre Summit. Theatre is one of the oldest art forms in the world but it is slowly being overshadowed by other entertainment options. We, at ZEE, wish to extend our support to this theatre festival which is aimed at preserving, encouraging and nourishing this art form. The festival's effort to showcase a colourful and diverse ensemble of theatre, music and dance from all over the country is in line with our brand positioning – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - 'The World is my Family'”

This event will be a first of its kind theatre carnival, where one will witness a colourful ensemble of theatre, music, dance, intellectual seminars, folk performances, paper presentations on theatre issues and interviews of national celebrities. This festival will be inaugurated by India's most renowned theatre director, Ratan Thiyam, with his latest play 'Macbeth' at the Ravindra Natya Mandir on the 24th of March.

Shailja further added, “The Rashtriya Maharang Parishad – National Theatre Summit will witness participation from theatre stalwarts who will share their views and insights through panel discussions, interviews, paper readings and academic interactions. There will be solo performances by great theatre actors as well as milestone plays, folk theatre, puppet shows and mime performances among other initiatives. ZEE as a content company believes in creating and showcasing new and extraordinary talent. The association with the Rashtriya Maharang Parishad – National Theatre Summit will help further our endeavour to a great extent.”

From the 25th of March onwards, the events of this theatrical extravaganza will be held across the large campus of the University of Mumbai (Kalina). This campus has varied spaces for performances ranging from open air theatre, lake side venue, well-equipped auditoriums and specially created theatre venues for platform performances.

The morning sessions will comprise of formal as well as casual sessions amongst theatre stalwarts and newcomers alike. The central theme of festival is Indian Theatre- Nineties and after. Various topics such as Death of a playwright, The Relevance of classics, Contemporary theatre, the Drama of the dissent and Trends n methods in training will be covered in these sessions.

The evening will usher in a carnival mood with the onset of platform performances where Maharashtrian and Rajasthani folk like lavani, bharud, bhapang, and puppet show will be performed by respective folk artists. The audience will get to enjoy and participate in candid and unabashed interviews with living theatre legends such as Vijaya Mehta and Chandrashekhar Kambara. The festival will also stage soulful solo performances by theatre veterans such as B. Jayashree. The event will have a list of eminent Indian theatre and art personalities like Ganesh Devi, Prasanna, M.K .Raina, M. S. Sathyu, Dr. Jabbar Patel, Usha Ganguly, Waman Kendre, Neelam Mansingh and Sachin Khedekar attending the festival.

This will be followed by performances at the 7th Rashtriya Vasant Natosav, which features plays directed by some of the most renowned theater makers in the country such as, Padmashri Ratan Thiyam, Shri Kavalam Narayan Panicker, Shri Rajinder Nath, Dr Arjun Deo Charan and other young and upcoming directors.

This festival is a great opportunity for theatre enthusiasts and students of art to observe and imbibe nuances of this art from the masters themselves. The young brigade will get an overview of Indian theatre by witnessing this massive theatre collage.

Speaking about the festival, Prof. Shafaat Khan, I/C Director, Academy of Theatre Arts, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to proclaim that theatre stalwarts from all over the country are participating in the first of its kind National Theatre Summit organized by the Academy of Theatre Arts; “Rashtriya Maharang Parishad”.”

“The Hon. Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Dr Rajan Welukar conceived of this Rashtriya Maharang Parishad to be a summit which includes the participation of both, young theatre practitioners and veterans alike. Hence, by the amalgamation of new thoughts and age old traditions, new theatrical possibilities might take shape. I have the utmost belief that due to the positive interactions that will take place amongst all Indian theatre practitioners at the Summit, a strong bond shall be forged, which will be instrumental for them to create their own individual space in world theatre,” Prof. Khan further added.

This mega event will be covered by the national television, radio and the print media. More than 10,000 art and theatre enthusiasts from across the country are expected to participate over a span of seven days.

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