A national theatre workshop was held at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) with the award winning theatre director Avi Chakraborty of Ashoknagar Nattyamukh Kolkata and his team.
The teachers from NEHU and various colleges from Shillong, PG students, research scholars and others took part in the workshop held on November 7, wherein the participants were given training on the Natya Rasas, theatrical expressions, body coordination, mental exercises, voice modulation etc.
Participants also learnt about production designs and planning and enacted scenes from the American absurd play “The Zoo Story” by Edward Albee.
NEHU Head of English Department Dr. Jyotirmoy Prodhani informed that the department would collaborate with Avi Chakraborty towards the actual production of the play.
In her opening remark of the workshop, Prof Sukalpa Bhattacharjee said theatre had always been strongly political and therefore a powerful platform of bold social discourses.
In the evening the Ashoknagar Theatre group performed the play “Bengali Vemula’s Ramayana”, written by Angshuman Kar and directed by Avi Chakraborty. The play is based on the suicide notes of Rohit Vemula which is juxtaposed against the story of Shambook from the Ramayana, who was killed by Rama following the supposed violation of the social codes when he began tapasya, total commitment to learning was considered the sole domain of the Brahmins.
The play was inaugurated by NEHU Vice Chancellor in-charge Prof D.K. Naik.