About 150 different cultural groups will take part in the festival

The mega theatre event “India Theatre Olympiad” would begin here from Friday next. The Olympiad would begin with all India multilingual drama from September 20 and would be followed by classical and folk dances, vocal and instrumental music competitions till the 30th of this month.

“The International Theatre Festival, which is an integral part of this Olympiad would be held from October 1 to 5”, informed the general secretary of the Olympiad Prof Kartik Chandra Rath, who has been single-handedly organising such a mega event.

Prof. Rath said the Theatre Olympiad in Cuttack — the only of its kind across the world, is being organised here in the Millennium city for the last 20 years without a break.“The theatre festival is being organised to promote creative theatrical expression and artistic acumen of theatre-loving people,” Prof. Rath said adding that the festival also envisages promoting international amity and universal brotherhood through cross-cultural synthesis and social assimilation.He said the extravaganza would see performances of nearly 150 different cultural groups having over 3,500 performing artistes. The festival would also see the presence of a galaxy of playwrights, directors and critics from the country and abroad, who would be sharing their experiences and artistic dexterity here with all.

Groups from countries like Argentina, Bangladesh, Egypt, Hungary, Iran, Nepal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan are likely to participate in the Festival, Prof. Rath informed saying that the city would also witness footfalls of several foreign spectators.

The city has already witnessed nearly 2,050 dramas written by more than 1,750 well-known playwrights during the last 20 years. These dramas have been enacted by about 67,000 artistes, including 1,800 foreign performers.

Olympiad general secretary Rath says 150 different cultural groups will take part in the theatre festival