(Last Updated on : 06/08/2013)
Appealing portrayal of events, stories and imaginary scenarios through live performances are the real essence of theatres. Appropriate actions, sequences, speeches, gestures, music, stage setups and props are the most important ingredients that enhance the beauty of this art. Theatres are all about beautifully depicting various incidents, ranging from real to fictitious, before live audiences. Over time, a number of theatre festivals have developed with the aim of promoting this art throughout the world. Theatre Festivals of Eastern India celebrates the evolution and amazing attributes of different forms of theatres in India.
Nandikar's National Theatre Festival
An important theatre festival of eastern India is Nandikar's National Theatre Festival. Started in 1984, the festival is organized every year in the city of Kolkata
, West Bengal
and is celebrated between 16th to 25th December. The festival takes its name from its organizers, Nandikar
theatre group. Academy of Fine Arts
, in Kolkata, serves as the venue for this grand theatre festival. Nandikar's National Theatre Festival had been started with the twin aim of facilitating cultural integration in the country and to provide a forum to the theatre workers belonging to different nations for exchanging thoughts. Initially this festival was a part of Nandikar's silver jubilee but later, owing to the huge acclamation it received, the group turned it into an annual festival. The festival showcases unique and stunning performances by theatre troupes from all over the world. Workshops and exhibitions are also a part of Nandikar's National Theatre Festival.
Theatre festivals are one of the earliest festivals of India. Started years ago, the tradition has gained world wide acclamation and accolades. Merger of theatre practitioners belonging to different eras have helped in incorporating new styles in this admirable art. Theatre Festivals of Eastern India have contributed immensely in the cultural heritage of the country.
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