The 8th theatre Olympics

By Manju Sampat

The World’s biggest Theatre celebration now comes to our city! Upholding its long association with theatre, Mumbai is all set to shine as one of the co-hosts of the 8th Theatre Olympics, the world’s largest theatre festival, which is being held in India for the first time. The Mumbai chapter of the 8th Theatre Olympics is organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Maharashtra.
Mumbai will play host to 28 performances from 24th March to 7th April 2018, presenting a diverse range of theatre forms from all over the world. Performances will be held at Nehru Centre and Ravindra Natya Mandir.

This edition of the global theatre festival will cover 17 cities in India with over 25000 artists performing 450 shows, 600 performances, and 250 youth shows.

Mumbai boasts of a sizeable theatre loving population, who should take this opportunity to experience a variety of folk, national, and international productions.The mega event will enable the theatre going audience here to catch a series of 28 stimulating world class performances, including 8 specially invited plays from renowned theatre maestros including “Mohe Piya” (Waman Kendre), “Sonata” (Sohag Sen), “Rashmakirathi” (Ravishankar Khare), “Phera” (Soumitra Chatterjee) and 8 international productions including “Shri 420” (Saba Zaidi and Atul Tiwari, Australia), “Almost Alive” (Sabine Molenaar, Belgium), “Xuan Zang’s Pilgrimage” (Wang Ziangyun, China). Mumbai will also host an international seminar on the dwindling popularity of theatre, that may be attended by renowned playwrights such as Thomas Stoppard, and popular actors M K Raina, Arundhati Nag, and Dev Shankar Halder.

The Theatre Olympics was established at Delphi, Greece in 1993. It presents some of the greatest theatre practitioners from around the world.So far, the Theatre Olympics has been held seven times in the following countries: Japan (1999), Russia (2001), Turkey (2006), South Korea (2010), China (2014), Poland. We should be extremely proud to have brought the world’s largest theatre festival to India, and of of our theatre legacy that is more than 2500 years old,” says Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama.

There is no entry fee for the plays. Passes may be collected from or at the ticket windows of the respective auditoriums. Enquiry: 9820084305 or 9561939505


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