17th Muktibodh National Drama Festival from Feb 8-11 in Raipur
RAIPUR: Terrance Mann once said, "Movies will make you famous; television will make you rich; but theatre will make you good." The 17th Muktibodh National Drama Festival from February 8 to 11 in the Maharashtra Mandal brings the biggest names in theatre to Raipur.
The festival has Nadira Babbar, Prabeer Guha, and Vivechana Rangmandal performing this year. Nadira Babbar is also the winner of the prestigious Kumodh Devras award and is bringing her team to perform 'Bombay Meri Jaan' this year, which is a must see for all theatre enthusiasts.
The festival is organized by Indian Peoples' Theatre Association (IPTA) which was formed in 1943 to encourage and support amateur theatre in all its forms and in particular, through drama festivals in India. Organized in remembrance of famous Hindi litterateur Gajanand Madhav Muktibodh, Muktibodh Drama Festival, over the years, has emerged as a leading drama festival in the country with a large number of participants attending the event. "Theatre is a reviving form of art," says Subhash Mishra, the organizer of the festival in Raipur, "It is very difficult to perform in front of a live audience and the trend seems to be growing again."
To stand in front of an audience and perform without a single hitch requires immense amount of practice. Theatre is without any cuts or any repeat takes, so that one cannot go over and correct a previous mistake, it is true acting, he added.
Mishra said, "The tradition of theatre obviously goes long back, but the true hub of it lies in Calcutta. Not only do people come to watch plays in great numbers, there is also a long standing practice of attending script readings. We, in the festival, also have discussion forums, before and after certain plays to understand the plays more in depth."
There are various people around Chhattisgarh who perform and pursue theatre as a passion. Ajay and Usha Aatle, Yogendra Chaubey (Gudi's director), Dinesh Choudhary are all theatre enthusiasts who perform all over Chhattisgarh.