Week-long drama fest from today

The capital city will witness the week-long multi-lingual drama festival – the 16{+t}{+h}annual Kalinga Natya Mahotsav – being hosted by the city-based three-decade-old theatre organization Satabdira Kalakar at Rabindra Mandap, commencing on Tuesday.

The annual multi-lingual drama festival was launched in 1998 with an objective to expose the theatre fraternity and connoisseurs of the State to the trends prevalent in the contemporary theatre scenario of other Indian states and languages, explained festival director and actor-director Dhira Mallick, the founder-secretary of host Satabdira Kalakar .

However, the festival this year shall feature seven plays in three languages – Odia, Hindi and Bengali – all scripted by late and prominent playwright Ratiranjan Mishra, he informed.

“After hosting 15 editions of the annual festival that received good response, we decided to change our objective this year. For the next five years, each edition of the festival shall showcase plays written by an Odia dramatist. The purpose behind the change in our objective is to familiarise the Odia playwrights beyond Odisha through adaptation of their plays in other Indian languages,” Mallick maintained.


Beginning with Rati Ranjan, the future editions of the festival shall focus on legendary Odia playwrights like Manoranjan Das and Biswajit Das, he hinted and added that the dramatists who are no more shall be presented in priority.

The inaugural evening on Tuesday shall feature Odia play Ruddhadwara by host Satabdira Kalakar troupe and directed by Dhira Mallick followed by Prasanta Mohapatra-directed Tote jhure mana ratidina in Odia on Wednesday evening being staged by Rangabhumi troupe. Thursday evening shall witness another Odia production – Samnare Satyabhama – by Rangakarmi troupe and directed by Kailash Mohapatra while Uttara Purusha theatre group shall stage Odia play Sita on Friday directed by Avinna Routray.

Similarly, Saturday evening shall showcase Hindi adaptation of the Odia play Satarka Sanghamitra by New Delhi-based Utsav theatre troupe directed by Sukumar Tudu and Sunday evening shall witness Odia play Ati Achambita Katha by Manana Natya Sanstha directed by Manoj Patnaik. The concluding evening on Monday will feature Bengali adaptation of Sanju Sangita directed by Rakesh Ghosh and enacted by Sabdo-Mugdho Natya Kendra of West Bengal.