Pragjyotish Drama Festival (প্ৰাগজ্যোতিষ নাট মহোৎসৱ ২০২১), organized by Guwahati based NGO, Horizon Socio-Cultural Organization brought its bouquet of plays to cheer up the monotonous evenings of theatre enthusiasts in the city.
Horizon, a socio-cultural organization, successfully concluded the 1st Pragjyotish Drama Festival (প্ৰাগজ্যোতিষ নাট মহোৎসৱ ২০২১) at Dr. Bhagawan Chandra Lahkar Auditorium of Guwahati Commerce College of the city that was held from February 27th to 28th, and which was participated by various amateur drama groups from outside the state as well as of the state. The impact of these plays goes beyond entertainment as they also focus on community building and engagement.
Despite the challenges of Covid-19, a two-day, Pragjyotish Drama Festival (প্ৰাগজ্যোতিষ নাট মহোৎসৱ ২০২১)’ has been safely organized in the premises of Guwahati Commerce college.
The folks behind Horizon Socio-Cultural Organization have always strived to bring a revolution not just on stage, but to the whole experience of an audience and the way it perceives and receives content. With its ever-expanding roster of young artists, and a thirst to try out, invent, and adopt new forms of content creation, the organization is on the cusp of being a go-to group for theatre enthusiasts!
The opening play ‘Raja Vikramaditya’ by Viswaroopam Kala Sangam, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh was staged.
Later on in another play, National School of Drama’s alumnus Himanshu Prasad Das’s play Ekhon Gaonot Eta TV Asil staged. The play is set in the ’90s in a remote village of Assam and it revolves around many incidents that happened in the village and the life of the villagers after the arrival of the first television in the village. The film is a satirical take on how television viewing affected people and their day-to-day lives. The film also carries a strong message of communal harmony and peaceful co-existence through a love story of a Hindu-Muslim young couple.
The other plays that were showed at the event are:
‘The Generation’ by Horizon Artists’ Zone on 28th February. Written and Directed by Anurupa Dekaraja. The play reflects how the new generation gets influenced by power, position and misuse it.
‘Aar Kaporor Aaror Kotha’ by Sanmilita Gana Sanskiritik Mancha on 28th February was staged which reflects how sometimes what we see is actually is different from what actually happens.
‘Swacchta’ a mime show was staged under the guidance of popular mime-artist Minangka Deka.
Two prominent personalities of Assan, i.e. Kishore Kumar Das, Lalit Kala Academy winner visual artist was awarded ‘Horizon Artist Award’ and Dr. Shyama Prasad Sarma, prominent dramatist and retired professor of Cotton College was awarded the ‘ Horizon Natya Pratibha Award’ at the event.
Viswaroopam Kala Sangam, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh for the first time awarded ‘Natya Guru’ honor to Actress and Social worker, Anurupa Dekaraja for outstanding contribution in the field of Drama and Acting.
A lot of theatre festivals have been happening nowadays as youth definitely has an interest in theatre. So, the idea of the festival was to bring all these plays from outside to allow audiences in Guwahati to get a feel of how production works and what kind of innovation is taking place in the outside theatres which are not from Assam and also inspire more youths witness how theatre scenario works in Assam.