Imphal: A 23-day theatre festival organised by the department of art and culture, Manipur as part of the Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav celebrating 75 Years of India’s Independence expression of unity through theatrical performances by the beneficiaries of Chief Ministergi Artistessingi Tengbang kick started on Tuesday at the Maharaja Chandrakirti auditorium at Cultural complex, Palace compound, here.
Manipur University of Culture vice-chancellor Prof. P. Gunindro Singh inaugurated the festival which will feature 23 different plays in presence of art and culture commissioner M.Joy Singh.
Manipuri Theatre Academy production “Nungsi Leipun” (Happy Marriage) was the inaugural play of the festival. The play was directed by Sarungba Biren.
Prof.Gunindro recalled the contribution of tiny Manipur in the field of culture and sports in the world. He lauded the initiative of the chief minister towards the enrichment of art and culture of Manipur. He said the festival will give a great contribution to the students of the MUC and to the sate as a whole.
Joy narrated the long journey of theatre in Manipur since pre Independence( 1931) stating that theatre play a major in the motivation towards peace and development in the society. He highlighted the fast changes in the performances of Theatres and urged to theatre directors to produce value based plays.
On the second day of the festival the Juvenile Theatre will present Mara Taraba Nung (Entrenched Monolith) at 4 pm.