A Scene from Odia Drama "Nakata Chitrakar on the inaugural evening of the festival
A Scene from Odia Drama "Nakata Chitrakar on the inaugural evening of the festival
Jagatsinghpur: With traditional theatre forms dying and film taking its place in the modern world, the vibrant theatre-loving audience of the port town Paradeep of Odisha, got a unique opportunity to take a dip in the festive fervor with the 9thNational theatre festival, “Canfest-2012” that kicked off on Wednesday night at Jayadev Sadan at Paradeep amidst much enthusiasm and gaiety.

This ten- day long theatre carnival is being organized by Canmass, a cultural association having fanatical ardor promoting theatre culture in the State, which has been working at Paradeep since January 2000.

Smt G Pushpa Rao, President, Paradeep Ladies Club and the wife of PPT Chairman, inaugurated the festival accompanied by Malathi Sudhir, Chair person Karanatak Natak Academy, Sreenivasa G Kappanna and Kiron Bhatanagar eminent theater personalities from Bangalore and Delhi including Odisha’s eminent theater men Dolagovinda Rath and Ajit Das.

A Scene from Odia Drama "Nakata Chitrakar on the inaugural evening of the festival
A Scene from Odia Drama "Nakata Chitrakar on the inaugural evening of the festival
With the summer still on, it is a wonderful season for theatre lovers to flock together and enjoy the dying art as well as skills of artistes from other States. Capt Atulya Kumar Mohapatra, President, Canmass, said it is the best time for any cultural body to offer this kind of entertainment. “Our objective is to showcase plays of different languages through these plays to enthrall the average audience. Apart from that, we will also felicitate outstanding artistes and plays too,” said Capt Mohapatra.

In the ten-day long festival, 10 plays will be staged. Canmass, which is being organized under the leadership of Sriman Mishra , aims at reviving the urban and rural theatre and inspiring budding talents, will stage six plays in different language. Of them, the plays of Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, Bhopal and Thiruvanthapuram will be a great hit, said Canmass Secretary Sriman Mishra.

On each day, eminent theatre personalities of the State will adorn the stage. On the first day inaugural function Ajit theater group from Bhubaneswar. Patronized by theatre personnel and cine artists, Ajit Das had performed Odia play “Nakata Chitrakar” and enthralled the attending audience. The script, music, light and direction of the play provided good entertainment for audiences. Play director Ajit Das certainly has to be credited for the success of the play.

A Scene from Odia Drama "Nakata Chitrakar on the inaugural evening of the festival
A Scene from Odia Drama "Nakata Chitrakar on the inaugural evening of the festival
On this iccasion, Ajit Das said that he has plans to write and direct more for the stage reiterated famous Hindi theater personal Gulzar’s depiction that ‘theater offers a lot more freedom, theater is a live medium, there is a direct and immediate contact with the audience in theater so theater would be remained all the times and all ages’. Explaining the version Mr Das informed that an artist can explore and establish his or her intrinsic talent through theatre.

A theatre lover, R P Singh a mechanical engineer by profession and one of the audience during inaugural function, said “Canmass has made a rare effort to revive the theatre culture in Odisha. This effort will definitely help improve the theatre culture in Paradeep and contribute greatly to India’s theatre potential.”