Kolkata: Theatre productions in India and abroad will be seen at the ‘8th Theatre Olympics’, organised by the National School of Drama, here from February 27, as part of its 17-city tour of the country, an NSD official said.
NSD Director Prof Waman Kendre said in a statement, “For the past three years we had nourished the dream to bring Theatre Olympics to India. The dream … has come true.”
The ‘Theatre Olympics’ had been previously held in Japan, Russia, Turkey, South Korea, China, Poland but not in every year, he said. The 7th Theatre Olympics was held in Poland in 2016
“The Kolkata leg of the festival, organised for the first time in India, will end on March 13 after staging 21 theatre productions including English and other foreign and regional languages in both verbal and non-verbal forms in three venues,” NSD Dean (Academic) Shantanu Bose told a press meet here last evening.
The 21 productions include five foreign theatre groups – Bangladesh (Morshokam), Sri Lanka (Pyramus & Thisby), Spain (The World Around 80 Boxes), Germany (Compassion: The History of Machine Gun), and Azerbaijan (Punishment), he said.
The Union Ministry of Culture has provided Rs 51 crore to host the ‘Theatre Olympics,’ so named due to its international nature, he said. The ‘Theatre Olympics’ is being held in 17 cities across the country with Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhubaneswar already having staged the show. There will be no Bengali plays from here excepting the Bangladeshi production.