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Imphal chapter of 8th Theatre Olympics to conclude Sunday

Imphal chapter of the ongoing 8th edition of Theatre Olympics will conclude after showcasing Ratan Thiyam’s Manipuri adaptation of the William Shakespeare’s celebrated play “Macbeth” on Sunday at Chorus Repertory Theatre (CRT) in Imphal.

Chorus Repertory Theatre has been hosting performances of acclaimed productions of well-known theatre directors from India and abroad at its Shrine Playhouse since March 16.

Tickets for the Ratan Thiyam’s play “Macbeth” had already been sold out a week before its performance, which is due on March 25. However, “Macbeth” play will be performed again on March 26 due to public demand. An official of CRT tells The Manipur Post that, the March 26’s performance wouldn’t be a part of the 8th Theatre Olympics.

He added that tickets for March 26 are also selling fast and would become soldout by the evening when spectators come for today’s play “Bishad Kal”.

The Imphal chapter of the festival is being organized by National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal, one of the renowned theatre groups in the State.

25,000 artists from across the globe are participating in the festival. There would be 450 shows, 600 ambiance performances, and 250 youth forum shows in total at the fest, that is being held in 17 cities of the country. Some of these acts are movement theatre format and contemporary dance shows.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu had inaugurated the  8th International Theatre Olympics 2018 at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi on February 17.

The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics is “Flag of Friendship” that aims to bridge borders and bring people of different cultures, beliefs and ideologies together through the medium of theatrical art.

Naidu, who also released the festival logo, had said that all arts, all thoughts must move in one direction to bring in universal brotherhood. The Vice President said that art and cultural ties have united humanity from time immemorial and ancient civilizations like the Greek, Roman, Babylonian, Egyptian and Indus Valley civilizations have enriched the cultural capital of the world.

The Mumbai edition will kick-start from today. As many as 28 Indian and international productions will be staged at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi and the Nehru Centre in Worli over the next fortnight. The Mumbai chapter of the event is being organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Maharashtra.

Theatre Olympics, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious events for performing arts is being held in India for the first time. The curtain will go down on April 8 in Mumbai.

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