It is being hosted by Abhinaya Jagruti Institute of Theatre

Courtesy eminent actor and prominent theatre director Ajit Das, the capital city’s colourful cultural calendar would have an addition of a new national theatre festival on Saturday.

The three-day event – Ajit Natya Mahotsav - shall be staged at the Bhanja Kala Mandap auditorium on Odisha State Museum complex, daily at 6.45 p.m., said Mr. Das, the festival director.

Abhinaya Jagruti Institute of Theatre (AJIT) has been hosting the festival that is being supported by the Ministry of Culture, he added.

The festival shall showcase three plays – one each in Odia, Bengali and Hindi languages. The inaugural evening shall feature Odia play “Kamalpur Dakaghara” scripted by Ramesh Prasad Panigrahi and directed by Ajit Das. It would be followed by “Caligula”, an adaptation of Albert Camus’s classic, directed by Biplab Bandopadhyaya and staged by Prachyo Theatre Group of Kolkata.

The concluding evening shall have presentation of the Hindi play “Woh subha kabhito ayegi” directed by Raj Narain Dixit of Prastav theatre group from New Delhi. It is an adaptation of Odia play “Mnu, Ame, Amemane” penned by Ramesh Prasad Panigrahi, the hosts informed.

Host AJIT has been hosting an annual Odia drama festival in the capital for the past 13 years through which classics of Odia literature are being adapted to theatre form, said AJIT president Maya Das. The next festival shall be staged in August, she added.


  • Plays will stage at Bhanja Kala Mandap auditorium on Odisha State Museum complex, says actor

  • The festival will showcase three plays – one each in Odia, Bengali and Hindi languages


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