– Sharman Joshi, Bratya Basu, Soumitra Chatterjee, Debshankar Haldar, Goutam Haldar to stage performances
– 20 colleges participated in a talent hunt to discover young theatre artists of Kolkata
Kolkata February 22, 2018: Vodafone today announced the 15th Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival, one of the biggest and oldest theatre festivals of Kolkata. The 15th edition of Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival starting today will continue till 25th February. The festival promises to enthral the cultural capital of India with some magical performances by eminent theatre personalities like Sharman Joshi, Bratya Basu, Debshankar Haldar, Goutam Haldar and many more.
Vodafone has always encouraged and appreciated the cultural ethos of the city and this theatre festival is one of them. This year the Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival 2018 is bringing some popular Bengali and Hindi plays together, thus giving Kolkata the opportunity to watch some legendary theatre performances. Theatre groups of leading artists like Sharman Joshi, Bratya Basu, Debshankar Haldar, Goutam Haldar will stage premier plays like Mein aur Tum, Mumbai Nights, Mulya and 21 Gram, and much more.
As a step towards encouraging youngsters to participate in theatre and nurture fresh talent, Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival 2018 has extended the platform to the young theatre enthusiasts of Kolkata. The festival saw 20 colleges and 20 renowned theatre groups across the city competing in different segments. The participating artists got a unique chance to be mentored by eminent Bengali theatre stalwarts like Bratya Basu, Soumitra Chatterjee, Debshankar Haldar, Goutam Haldar, Meghnad Bhattacharya, Anirban Bhattacharya amongst others. The top 4 winners from both the segments got an opportunity to perform today evening at Minarva Theatre and will be felicitated by the celebrities on 24th and 25th February 2018. The winning colleges are Vidyasagar College, Moulana Azad College, Sarojini Naidu College and Vivekananda College. The selected theatre groups are Frankly Speaking, Naihati Spartan, Repertory, Bawandule and Rabindranagar Natya Youth.
Announcing the 15th edition of Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival, Arvinder Singh Sachdev, Business Head, Kolkata & Rest of Bengal, Vodafone India said “Vodafone as a brand has always encouraged and appreciated the cultural heritage of Bengal. Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival being a perfect example of has strived towards bringing the best theatre experiences to the city audiences and hosted some living legends in Indian Theatre. Like every year, this year too is a delightful ensemble of plays for the culturally conscious and discerning audience of Kolkata. Simultaneously, this year we are also focusing on nurturing fresh talent in the field of theatre who are being mentored by the masters like Bratya Basu, Debshankar Haldar, Goutam Haldar, Soumitra Chatterjee, Meghnad Bhattacharya, Anirban Bhattacharya etc. We hope new talent to be part of a supercharged Bengal Theatre circuit”.
Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival to celebrate theatre was initiated in 2001 to rejoice the rich Bengali heritage and culture. Over the years the stage has been graced by Lilette Dubey, Mohan Agashe, Saurabh Shukla, Anupam Kher, Makrand Deshpande, Satish Kaushik and others.
Schedule – Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival 2018
Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival to celebrate theatre was initiated in 2001 to rejoice the rich Bengali heritage and culture and the stage has been graced by Lilette Dubey, Mohan Agashe, Saurabh Shukla, Anupam Kher, Makrand Deshpande, Satish Kaushik and others in the past.
Mumbai Nights is a Bengali play based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This story of romance, satire and mistaken identity is crafted into one of the most exciting tales ever performed on stage. The story takes place in the make-believe land of Illyria, and is about despondent Olivia and her household clash with Sir Toby.
The story revolves around two brothers; old furniture and the insoluble debate on values of life seem to be pertinent even in contemporary times.
Ekush Gram, is adapted from 21 Grams, the second part of Mexican filmmaker Inarritu’s Trilogy of Death films.
Main Aur Tum: Story Line:
The plot focuses on two people, married to others, who meet for a romantic tryst once a year. They have kept their date for twenty-four years. They first met by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. The two are seen changing over the years. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes by, each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on. The play embodies wit, compassion, a sense of humour and nostalgia.
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