Odisha-based Theatre group Nandanik all set to hold a three day theatre event in Koraput

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Koraput: Nandanik, a Theatre group based in Koraput, Odisha is all set to hold a three day theatre event in Koraput. The programme is going to start on 1st August 2018 on the 4th foundation day of Nandanik with the first edition of the Foundation Day Lecture. The lecture, titled The relevance of non proscenium theatre in the present scenario is going to be delivered by Shri Subodh Patnaik, internationally recognized theatre director from Odisha. On the same date Nandanik is taking a novel initiative-Asim Basu Memorial Award to be given to a young theatre artist as a mark of encouragement.The award is named after Shri Asim Basu, the late thespian of Odisha Theatre. This year the first award is being given to Saumendra Kumar Swain from Koraput. The programme will be held at COATS Seminar Hall, Koraput.
Sourav Gupta, creative director of Nandanik said, ‘We at Nandanik believe that Theatre is an academic process which demands intellectual discourse which is provided by lectures. The foundation day lecture is an opportunity to enhance our knowledge on theatre which will be beneficial to form new ideas & better performances.’
On 3rd & 4th August, Nandanik is going to hold the 3rd edition of the Deomali Jatiya Natya Mahotsava 2018. This year the festival features plays by teams from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Kolkata and Koraput. Arjun Samataray from Bhubaneswar will perform his solo Ichcha. Rajesh Panda with his batchmates of Drama Department of Sambalpur University will perform Station under the banner of Natyashala. Nandanik will premiere its new play Takshaka by Manoj Mitra under the direction of Sourav Gupta. The main attraction of this festival is the staging of Kushilab, a Bangla play by the 52 year old Theatre Workshop from Kolkata. The play is a solo performance by Shri Ashok Mukhopadhyay, a veteran of Bangla theatre stage who has worked with greats like Sambhu Mitra, Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay & Satyajit Ray to name a few.
The Deomali Jatiya Natya Mahotsava is a multi state multi language theatre festival started in 2016 by Nandanik with an aim to facilitate cultural exchange between theatre of Odisha & other states. In last two years plays have been staged in Odia, Bangla, Marathi, Hindi & Urdu language. This is the only national level theatre festival in south Odisha organized by a theatre group without any government grant.
Monideepa Gupta, secretary of Nandanik said, ‘We have invited young theatre directors to showcase their work and also a veteran like Ashok Mukhopadhyay so that we may learn from him. The festival will provide a platform of cultural exchange between the theatre artists of different areas.’
Formed in 2016, Nandanik is a theatre group operated by youth of Koraput under the direction of Sourav Gupta & Monideepa Gupta. Since its inception on 1st August 2016, Nandanik has catapulted Koraput onto the national cultural map by its continuous theatre activities including drama productions by seniors & children, workshops, festivals and seminars. Nandanik has collaborated with national government organizations like Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata & Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

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