Koraput: Nandanik, a theatre group based in Koraput, Odisha is going to hold a 3 day Online Theatre Festival at Koraput on 1-3 August 2020 on the occasion of its 6th Foundation Day on 1 August and 5th Deomali National Theatre Festival 2020 on 2-3 August 2020.
The objectives of the programme are:-
- To provide moral boost & support to theatre artists who have reclined to homes unable to perform and are in distress
- To encourage people to stay indoors and watch drama on their PC/Smartphone through Facebook
The schedule comprises Foundation Day Lecture, Asim Basu Memorial Award, Two webinars on Theatre and seven plays in five Indian languages-Odia, Telegu, Bangla, Hindi and Marathi.
The highlight of the event is the Foundation Day Lecture on ‘Abhivyakti & Abhinaya’ by Guru Padma Bibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh, one of the living legends of Indian performing arts.
The Asim Basu Award which is given as a mark of encouragement to young theatre artist of KBK region will be awarded to Himanshu Ranjan Mohanty of Kotpad. It is awarded jointly by Nandanik in association with Asim Basu Foundation, Bhubaneswar and will be handed over virtually by Bhaswati Basu, eminent actress & founder of Asim Basu Foundation.
The topics of the seminar are, Theatre & Literature and Theatre: Classical vs. Folk and features eminent panelists from all over India. The panelists are Shri Nabin Parida, Narayan Panda, Sanjay Hati, Avi Chakrabarty,Pritidhara Samal, Debapriya Priyadarshi Chakra, Surabhi Biplove, Sangita Chakrabarty, Ranjit Jena, Narayan Sahu, Jayanta Kar Sharma, Namrata Chaddha, Anshuman Bhowmik, Srinivas Dhenchanala, Harish Ethape, Kriti Mazumdar and Monideepa Gupta.
The drama to be streamed are Mime drama by Mimic, Kolkata, Nayeeka in Odia by Nandanik, Koraput, Sujaner Golpo in Bangla by Ashoknagar Nattyamukh, Dhruvaswamini in Hindi by Black Soil Theatre, Wardha, Terav in Marathi by Adhyayan Bharati Agro Theatre, Maharashtra, Bali in Telegu by Janapadam Theatre Repertory, Hyderabad, Devigarjan in Bangla by Kathok Performing Repertoire, Howrah, Chandaluni in Odia by Nandanik, Koraput.
The programme is dedicated to the memory of deceased theatre stalwarts Shri Girish Karnad, Smt Usha Ganguly, Shri Irrfan Khan and Shri Bijay Mohanty. It will be streamed in the facebook page Nandanik-A Theatre Group based in Koraput, Odisha.
Founded in 2014 by Sourav Gupta and Monideepa Gupta, Nandanik is a registered society committed exclusively to the promotion of the art of Theatre. It has produced several classic & contemporary plays in Odia both by adults and children and has organized national level theatre events in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata. Its activities has been widely covered in media and catapulted a remote place like Koraput to the theatre map of India.