Jaipur to co-host 8th Theatre Olympics held for the first time in India.

The Rajasthan capital is a co-host of the world’s largest theatre festival, held in India for the first time, organised by the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi. Jaipur will stage 15 plays from 18th March to 1st April 2018, consisting of international, national, and folk theatre forms. This edition of the global theatre festival will cover 17 cities in India with over 25000 artists performing 450 shows, 600 ambience performances, and 250 youth shows.

The Jaipur chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is organised by the National School of Drama under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in collaboration with Ravindra Manch Society, Art & Culture Department, Government of Rajasthan. The event will be attended by Registrar, National School of Drama (NSD), Shri Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, Shri Laique Hussain and Ms. Deepti Kachhawaha, Manager, Ravindra Rang Manch, Jaipur.

“The 8th Theatre Olympics is a great opportunity to highlight the cultural heritage of Rajasthan. Many folk forms from the state have already been showcased during the festival. We hope that this international festival will give a boost to the folk and theatre performers,” says Registrar, National School of Drama (NSD), Shri Pradeep Kumar Mohanty.

“It is a great privilege for us to be a part of the 8th Theatre Festival and I am sure it will be a great success. Theatre lovers in Jaipur are eager to enjoy the performances”, says Ms. Deepti Kachhawaha, Manager, Ravindra Rang Manch, Jaipur.

The desert state has a number of indigenous folk and theatrical forms, many of which are popular among the common people such as puppet dance, Kalbelia, Ghoomar, etc. Some of these like Swaang, Gawri, etc. have been showcased during the ongoing theatre festival. The pink city will experience theatrical stellar performances during the Theatre Olympics festival.

Jaipur will witness 15 plays over the fortnight that includes 6 specially invited plays as well as folk performances and international productions. The mega event will present folk production “Satya Harishchandra” (Choudhary Chajjan Singh), specially invited plays such as “Bali” (K S Rajendran), “Gokulmirgamana” (B V Karanth), and “Mirza Sahibaan” (G S Channi) and others.

“Art has been the earliest form of communication and nothing gives an artist more delight than performing in front of an audience that appreciates art, no matter from which part of the world they come. In a way, theatre is a great equaliser and unites people of multiple cultures and traditions under one umbrella. We are extremely proud to bring the world’s largest theatre festival to India. During this 51-day long nationwide celebration of the 8th Theatre Olympics, we attempt to bridge the borders across countries through the call of theatre and engage in creating a global village,” says Dr. Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman of National School of Drama Society.

“For the past 3 years we had the dream to bring Theatre Olympics to India. The dream that we had seen has come true. Since we began to envision and achieve this feat, Dr. Mahesh Sharma and the Ministry of Culture have extended wholehearted support to the idea and have played an instrumental role in making it a reality. Throughout centuries we have seen playwright like Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht becoming a part of Indian theatre, while despite having our own extraordinary playwrights and theatrical figures, we are still to make similar impact. This is a huge leap towards that direction of putting Indian theatre on the world map. We should be proud of our theatre legacy that is more than 2500 years old,” says Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama.

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