New Delhi, 21st Feb 2020: The 21st edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, International theatre festival, organized by the National School of Drama (NSD), concluded after staging plays in several Indian languages, along with 10 folk and 10 foreign plays, here on Friday.

At the closing ceremony of the 21-day event at Kamani Auditorium with Chief Guest renowned Veteran Theatre Director & Actor Shri. Rudraprasad Sengupta. The closing ceremony was followed by "LAIEMBIGEE ISHEI" a Manipuri play by Chorus Repertory Theatre group written & directed by Shri. Ratan Thiyam. Dr. Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, NSD Society presided over the ceremony and Shri Suresh Sharma, Director In-Charge, National School of Drama, welcomed the chief guest and expressed his gratitude for the those who participated and worked to make the event successful.

The 21-day event has witnessed an overwhelming response from the theatre enthusiast all across with most of the housefuls plays like Neelkanth PakshikiKhonj Main, Richard 3, Ashanti Niwas, Tuglaq, Ruins in Reverse, Ballygunge 1990, Behind the border, I am not here and A case of clairvoyance. The event was also graced with the presence of some of the eminent theatre personalities including NSD Alumnus like Amol Palekar, Nana Patekar, Govind Namdev, Manoj Joshi, M.K. Raina, Himani Shivpuri, Illa Arun, K.K. Raina, Ashok Lokhande, Piyush Mishra, Anup Soni, Adil Husain, Rajesh Tailang, Alka Amin. During the festival, National School of Drama has paid a tribute to first founder-director Shri. Satu Sen & first repertory chief Shri Om Shivpuri by launching monographs based on their life. The event also showcased some colorful folk performances like Sufi Songs (RihanSultani), Chholia Dance (Lok Jhalak Sanskritik Kala Manch), Manipuri Raas (Manipuri Cultural Troupe), Dhol Cholam (Thiyam Dilip Singh), Rasleela (U.P.), Kalbeliya (Avishkalok Kala Mandali), Bihu (Shyam Arts) e.t.c.

During 21st Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the youth forum (ADVITIYA) has been organized where the audience had witnessed the performances of the budding artists in the form of NukkadNatak from different universities. The NSD campus was all decked up with theatre bazar where the theatre lovers & enthusiasts got the chance to collect different books which can be helpful for them also some lip-smacking dishes were there to please the guests.

The chief guest present at the venue Veteran Theatre Director & Actor Shri. Rudraprasad Sengupta said "I would like to acclaim National School of Drama for the very successful organization of this 21 day festival in Delhi and five other cities. I must say that the audience has enjoyed the plays staged, appreciated them and thought over them afterward. This festival will help to enlighten the thoughts of the generation towards theatre. I bless NSD to keep on nurturing the upcoming talent across the nation.”

During the concluding ceremony, the Acting Chairman of National School of Drama Dr. Arjun Deo Charan, said "I would like to thank Shri. Rudraprasad Sengupta and Shri Ratan Thiyam for taking out time and bring this festival to adoring culmination. The plays performed in this BRM leave us with a fresh breath, a lot to think about and evolve. As we end this year's festival today, I would like to thank all the students, participants & the NSD family who had worked together to make this event successful."

Prof. Suresh Sharma, Director in-charge of NSD, said that “This year while changing the traditional screening system of screening in front of a single selection committee with the double screening procedure, we are trying to make sure that youth should get the best platform to showcase their talent. This is quite encouraging since young people are taking an interest in Theatre. The future of the Theatre industry is in the hands of the youngsters now, they are once who are going to take this legacy forward. This festival is a step forward and we are sure that the audience will keep on encouraging us in future and we welcome their kind suggestions."