Grand closing ceremony of the 25th year of Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2024

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Grand closing ceremony of the 25th year of Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2024
 
Chief Guest: Shri Madhur Bhandarkar Padma Shree Awardee Indian Film Director, Script Writer and Producer


Guest of Honour: Shri Swanand Kirkire- Renowned Actor, Lyricist, Singer & Director

Guest of Honour: Ms. Sonali Kulkarni, Renowned Actress

Guest of Honour: Shri Upendra Rai Chairman & Managing Director, Editor in Chief, Bharat Express News Network

Chair: Shri Paresh Rawal Chairman, National School of Drama Society

Vote of thanks Shri Ramji Bali Associate Professor, NSD

Hindi play SWAHA directed by Subhadip Raha

Mumbai, February 6th, 2024:
 

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM 2024), the world’s largest theatre festival, was announced closed with grandeur in Mumbai on February 6th, 2024. From February 1st to 21st 2024, the festival unfolds across 15 cities in the country, showcasing a diverse array of over 150 performances. Alongside the captivating theatrical presentations, BRM 2024 offered a multitude of workshops, discussions, and master classes, creating a vibrant tapestry that celebrates both Indian and global theatre traditions.

This year’s edition was of special significance as it commemorated the 25th anniversary of the inception of Bharat Rang Mahotsav. The festival brought together theatre enthusiasts, artists, and scholars, contributing to the cultural richness and artistic exchange that became synonymous with BRM over the years.

This year’s festival was designed around the theme Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Vande Bharangam, fostering global unity among thespians and artists. Emphasizing social harmony, it created a sense of a shared world – the entire world one large family, bringing diverse cultures together through the powerful medium of the performing arts for a truly enriching experience.

Reflecting on the event, His Excellency Ramesh Bais, Governor of Maharashtra, remarked, “The Bharat Rang Mahotsav stood as a testament to the power of cultural exchange and the transformative impact of the performing arts. In the symphony of cultures and traditions showcased at Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2024, the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Vande Bharangam’ echoed as a powerful anthem of unity. It was an honour to witness the convergence of diverse talents and traditions, encapsulating the spirit of unity in diversity that defines our nation. Through its varied performances and artistic expressions, this festival weaved a tapestry that transcends borders and languages, reminding us that the entire world is one expansive family. The performing arts, as a universal language, possess the extraordinary ability to unite hearts, bridge differences, and cultivate a shared understanding”.

NSD Director Chittaranjan Tripathy expressed profound enthusiasm for the impending festival, stating, “It was truly a momentous occasion that reflected our enduring commitment to artistic excellence and cultural diversity. Over the past quarter-century, this festival has served as a guiding light, illuminating the rich tapestry of global theatre traditions. This edition was a grand celebration, showcasing not only the extraordinary creativity within the theatrical realm but also the beauty of collaboration. We are dedicated to fostering the magic of theatre, providing a platform for diverse voices and narratives to thrive. This year’s festivities not only marked a milestone but also reaffirmed our steadfast belief in the transformative power of the performing arts.”

In Mumbai, this cultural extravaganza, which started on the 1st of Feb, enchanted audiences for six exhilarating days. The festival featured a total of six captivating plays, each a masterpiece in its own right, spanning various genres and languages. It commenced with the compelling play ‘Tajmahal Ka Tender’, an original Hindi satire directed by Shri Chittaranjan Tripathy, written by Ajay Shukla, and performed by NSD Repertory Company, and was followed by a diverse array of productions, including ‘GAJAB TICHI ADA’ by Rangpeeth Theatre, Mumbai, ‘BABUJI’ by NSD Repertory Company, New Delhi, ‘THE ZOO STORY’ by Panchkosi, Delhi, ‘TODI MILL FANTASY’ by Theatre Flamingo, Goa, and ‘SWAHA’ by Darpan, Lucknow.

The 25th year of this festival holds special significance as it brought together diverse theatrical voices in a celebration of the magic of theatre. Audiences were treated to a captivating array of theatrical forms, including international productions, folk and traditional plays, modern dramas, graduate showcases, and collegiate street plays. The festival will unfold in parallel venues across Mumbai, Pune, Bhuj, Vijayawada, Jodhpur, Dibrugarh, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Ramnagar, and Srinagar, ensuring a nationwide celebration of the transformative power of theatre.

In an innovative move, this year NSD is also introducing Rang Haat, an annual initiative aimed at establishing Asia’s inaugural global theatre market and nurturing international collaborations in the theatrical domain. Rang Haat will unite theatre artists, programmers, patrons, and supporters, fostering the discovery of hidden talent, showcasing international projects, and facilitating both creative and financial partnerships. Participants will gain exposure to a broader audience, fostering potential collaborative ventures and injecting dynamism into the global theatre landscape.

The BRM extends beyond the stage, offering a plethora of enriching experiences. Parallel exhibitions, director-audience dialogues, discussions, and seminars will explore various facets of theatre, sparking stimulating conversations and insights. Attendees can engage in masterclasses with veteran thespians, immerse themselves in the vibrant Rang Haat, and explore the diverse offerings at the Food Bazaar, letting the spirit of theatre truly captivate them.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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