Natya Dhara 2021, set to roll on 12th March


Natya Dhara 2021,West Bengal Theatre is considered to be a minority art but it plays a major role in developing an individual and the society without any doubt. Because of this lockdown and social distancing, students are getting used to all the modern learning platforms or mediums, but sill they are filling a void of the classrooms and traditional learning processes. Bengal Repertory never wanted to bound their theatre practice only in the proscenium space but are connecting to the most possible rural area in search of new audience. Rik Amrit, who is the artistic director of the group, has already dedicated his first published play 'Ashwatthama: the war machine' to those audience in future, and in search of those audiences, they are travelling to the various places of West Bengal for the last three seasons to manifest their path breaking idea of Destination Theatre. Now they are ready with 'Natya Dhara 2021, the 4th National Destination Theatre Festival, with six major theatrical and dance performances. The details of the productions are as follows-follows- List of the performances Shivoham Choreographed by @ritusrichaudhuri Group: Nrityakshar Foundation 12/03/2021 6PM onwards Daakghar Directed by Partha Gupta Group: Birbhum Blossom Theatre 12/03/2021 6:30PM onwards Samvatsar Katha Directed by Piyal Bhattacharya Group: Chidakash Kalalay 12/03/2021 8PM onwards Rasakali Directed by Ujjal Mukhopadhyay Group: Birbhum Sanskriti Bahini 13/03/2021 6:30PM onwards Karwa Sach Directed by Dayal Krishna Nath Group: Abhinav Theatre 13/03/2021 7:30PM onwards Vanu Sundarir Pala Directed by Sayik Siddiqe from Bangladesh Group: Chakdaha Natyajan 13/03/2021 8:15PM onwards Raavana in Ten Minds Choreographed by Harshal Vyas Group: Samanvay Dance Company 14/03/2021 6:30PM onwards Nakshi Kanthar Math Directed by Rajib Bardhan Group: Jadavpur Manthan 14/03/2021 7:30PM onwards Rik Amrit has specifically mentioned, "the practice of theatre in West Bengal has always been divided into too major streams as per their origin, one is Theatre in Kolkata and the other is Theatre in rest of the Bengal. Somehow the theatre practices in Kolkata almost fall in same genre, but for rest of the Bengal was never same. Bengal is very much reach and diversified with its own Indigenous culture. So being a theatre group of the city, we always intended to cultivate the roots to enrich ourselves as artists. They have a lot to give, and we want to nurture ourselves in their laps. We are not against the Kolkata Theatre Culture but we believe that the pseudo discrimination of elitism between these two streams of theatre practices should be wiped off. We are blessed with the financial support by MoC, GoI; so there will be no ticketing system. But we are very strict to maintain the covid guidelines published by the Ministry of Health." Natya Dhara is a theatre festival showcasing Young Directors’ drama productions based on Indian as well as world classics. The event will be held in an interesting venue of Bengal. The said venue is a art campus inside a village area of Daranda, Birbhum district. It will be a 3-days event with the aforesaid experimental outdoor performances from 12th to 14th March 2021. There will be allied academic and entertainment events like seminar, folk dance & music as well. Mr. Ratan Thiyam, the legendary theatre practitioner will be inaugurating the festival this year.