20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM), the largest theatre festival in Asia, organised by the National School of Drama (NSD), is all set to bring its bouquet of plays, interactive sessions, and other cultural events to cheer up the winter afternoons of theatre enthusiasts in the city.The international theatre festival will commence in New Delhi on February 1, 2019, and culminate on February 21, bringing a diverse range of productions comprising 111 shows and allied events such as ‘Director’s Meet’, ‘Living Legend’, and ‘Master Class’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe inaugural ceremony will be held at Kamani auditorium on February 1, followed by the performance of ‘Karanth Ke Rang’, directed by Amod Bhatt. The 50-minute long performance is a medley of songs composed by late B V Karanth, a stalwart of Kannada and Hindi theatres. The festival, which enters its 20th edition this year, is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Four plays will be staged on the life, philosophy, and principles of the ‘Father of the Nation’. The festival will host 69 Indian and 15 foreign plays across India, selected after screening. Additionally, nine folk productions, five plays by NSD diploma students, one production from the Sikkim center of NSD, three plays by the NSD Repertory as well as five invitee plays by eminent theatre practitioners will captivate the theatergoers across India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe 21-day long festival this year will include plays in Hindi, English, and other regional languages. International productions from countries such as Bangladesh, Poland, Russia, Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic, Italy, Nepal, Romania, and Singapore as well as non-verbal, folk, and multi-lingual performances will enthrall the audience during the theatrical spectacle. The performances in New Delhi will be held at Bahumukh and Chahumukh (7:30 PM), Open Lawn (6:00 PM), and Abhimanch (8:30 PM) at the NSD’s Bahawalpur House campus as well as nearby Sri Ram Centre (4:00 PM), LTG (5:30 PM), and Kamani (7:00 PM) auditoriums. Apart from the spellbinding performances and interaction with eminent personalities from the world of theatre, the festival will also have two international and two national seminars on theatre. Besides, the NSD campus will be abuzz with street plays, ambiance shows, and ‘Theatre Bazar’, a motley of stalls offering a range of products and culinary delights. The youth forum shows will comprise performances by dramatic societies of nearly 50 colleges in Delhi while ambiance performances will bring folk dance and other traditional performing art forms. “The art of theatre is the oldest and the strongest medium that conveys human emotions in a manner that defies temporal boundaries. We are delighted to usher in the Bharat Rang Mahotsav to its 20th year and have made all efforts to bring a selection of quality plays, choosing the best out of 960 submissions. There are 9 folk performances being presented in Delhi as well as invitee plays and productions in regional languages. We have tried to accommodate as many young theatre enthusiasts as we can since the institution aims to foster the growth of young talents through the platform of BRM,” said Suresh Sharma, Director In-charge, National School of Drama (NSD). “Theatre is a celebrated art form across the world and I am happy that this festival gives us a chance to witness many of the plays which have received critical acclaim globally. BRM aims at bringing together people and hence, we have spread the festival across the country so that theatre reaches more and more people. BRM has been a very successful festival attracting a lot of audiences, including first-timers and we hope a similar run this year too,” says Dr Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, NSD Society.