Chandigarh, 20th March (Pooja Goyal) :

The city today hosted the inaugural show for the 8th Theatre Olympics, the largest theatre festival in the world being held in India for the first time.

Hon’ble Governor of Haryana Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki was the chief guest at the inaugural event held at Tagore Theatre. The event was also attended by Artistic Director, 8th Theatre Olympics, Padam Shri Ratan Thiyam, Vice Chairman, Haryana Kala Parishad, Festival Coordinator Shri Sudesh Sharma, and Registrar, National School of drama (NSD) P.K. Mohanty.

Chandigarh will open the shows of the biggest theatrical extravaganza with ‘MohnaBatav’, a bilingual Marathi-Hindi play presented in the form of Tamasha, the popular folk theatre form in Maharashtra. Directed by NavidInamdar, the play is a VagNatya based on a love story.

The Chandigarh chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is being organised by the National School of Drama(NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in collaboration with Haryana Kala Parishad/ Department of Cultural Affairs Chandigarh Administration/Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy.

The inaugural function will be followed by the bilingual Hindi-Marathi play ‘Mohna Batav’ by director Navid Inamdar. The play revolves around the love story of Mohana, the queen of Ahmeda Nagri (Ahmedabad) and Batav, king of Delhi. A few traders, after seeing Mohana, praise her beauty in front of Batav, and sing the praises of Batav’s bravery, wisdom and economic prowess in front of Mohana. Eventually, they fall in love and unite after lot of hurdles. Developed in the form of Tamasha, a popular folk form from Maharashtra, the play blends dance ballets, humorous and religious anecdotes, and charming Lavani dance.

The festival will culminate on 8th April, 2018 at Mumbai.

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