20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav gets under way in New Delhi

The 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM), a 21-day national theatre festival and the largest event of its kind in Asia, hosted by the National School of Drama (NSD), got under way at the Kamani Auditorium here on Saturday.
The event was inaugurated by Minister for Culture Mahesh Sharma in the presence of NSD Acting Chairman Arjun Deo Charan, renowned  danseuse, theatre artiste and Rajya Sabha member Sonal Mansingh and former NSD Director Ram Gopal Bajaj, among others.
NSD is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
The 20th BRM will feature 111 national and international acts, including folk and other traditional theatre forms, invitee plays and produtions by the students of NSD.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by a 50-minute musical performance ‘Karanth ke Rang’ based on the compositions of late B V Karanth, directed by Amod Bhatt and presented by Rangpurva group, Mumbai. Karanth was a well-known director, actor and musician of modern Indian theatre in Kannada as well as Hindi. His plays like ‘Jokumara Swamy’, ‘Sankranti’, ‘Huchu Kudure’, and ‘Oedipus’ were trendsetters, which touched upon aspects of language music, songs and stylization. Karanth’s use of unusual instruments such as wood, stones, etc. in creating music and his ability to blend contemporary, classical and folk genres reflected his originality and style. He was an alumnus of batch 1962 of NSD and later became its director.
This year's BRM will also include allied activities such as ‘Director’s Meet’, ‘Living Legends’, and ‘Master Class’.  
Apart from New Delhi, the NSD has arranged parallel festivals of the 20th BRM in Dibrugarh (4th to 10th February, 2019), Varanasi (7th to 13th February, 2019), Ranchi (9th to 15th February, 2019), Mysore (11th to 17th February, 2019), and Rajkot (13th to 19th February, 2019). The festival will culminate in New Delhi on 21st February, 2019
Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM) was established two decades ago to stimulate the growth and development of theatre across India. Originally a national festival showcasing the work of the most creative theatre workers in India, BRM has evolved into an international event, hosting theatre groups from around the world, and is now the largest theatre festival of Asia.
Till date, BRM has presented 1787 plays, and riveted thousands of theatre-goers.

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