Hindustani Drama Festival showcases the rich heritage of Indian theatres

By TCN News,

Mississauga: RangManch-Canada [a non profit Indian Theatrical Group] in association with Panorama India and with the support of Consulate General of India, organised its ninth multilingual HINDUSTANI DRAMA FESTIVAL – 2011; at the brand new Maja Prentice Theatre, Mississauga, on 12th of nov.2011.
The programme included both panel discussions and Desi talents on mainstream Showbiz.

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The participants were Mr.Zuhair Kashmeri, a Toronto based writer, editor, broadcaster and commentator for OMNI-TV’s magazine. Nisha Ahuja, a theatre activist, playwright and actor, Mukesh Asopa an actor and producer of documentaries, Vishnu Sharma a seasoned actor and Writer, Jawaid Danish, the chief organiser of the annual meet is the founder of Rangmanch-canada. He is a Playwright and author of 12 books. The moderator of panel discussion was Jasmine Sawant, Director Sawitri theatre group, a seasoned actor and producer.

During the panel discussions all were in an opinion that, in order to preserve the cultural heritage, we should keep on organising drama festivals. Moreover they emphasized on the need to have more roundtable discussions, debates and seminars on drama. There should be attempts to take drama’s to the schools right even in to the second generation, they said.

Mr. Jawaid Danish in his welcome speech said, “We have come a long way, this is our Ninth Annual festival, and Rangmanch-Canada is proud to state that, we are the only ones to stage multilingual plays and solos, showcasing the rich heritage of Indian theatre through Hindi, English, Bengali, Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, and even Sanskrit Plays”. He quoted Majrooh Sultanpuri’s famous sher in Urdu, “MAIN AKELA HI CHALA THA JANIB E MANZIL MAGAR – LOG SAATH ATE GAYE AUR KARVAAN BANTA GAYA………….” He said that his plays mostly deal with the problems and pleasures of immigrant life in Canada.

Multi lingual and multicultural plays and Solos were then presented before the audience. Plays with different themes had different aspects of emotions covered through beautiful songs and dances all well choreographed and presented.

Jawaid Danish was called up on to give away the Awards; every play was presented with a beautiful Trophy and each actor received an impressive Certificate of Honour. Mr Danish thanked each and every participant and at last he bid them goodbye till next year’s festival.