19th Bharat Rangmahotsav’s Parallel International Theatre Festival in Pune

Theatre, one of the oldest art forms in the country is trickling in the form of theatre festivals. The initiative by the National School of Drama to extend it’s annual theatre festival to satellite cities, could in a way help consolidate the performing arts industry in the country. Theatre as a platform can also give art forms like music and dance a solid base.

I remember going for the Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2008 called ” 10th theatre utsav.” in New Delhi. The festival had done the Indian premiere of Pina Bausch’s new piece ” Bamboo Blues” and plays from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Poland, Switzerland, Uk, Norway, China, Japan, Iran.

Some of the plays that featured in 2008 year were:


Wahoudok (Prologue) by Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal.



Akhiyan Waleo by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, Lahore, Pakistan



Aranyadhipati Tantiya by Rang Vidushak, Bhopal



Flowers by Rage Productions



Azizun by The Final Year Students of NSD



Delirium by Plasma, Zurich



Nijinski, The God by Wierszalin Theatre, Bialystok, Poland

Some other plays in the category are:Tyagpatra by Abhiyan , Delhi,The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Aftab Theatre, Afghannistan,Dear Bapu by Mohan Maharishi,Butterflies are Free by Wierszalin Theatre, Poland,Mahapoor by Kalakendra, Pune,Bamoboo Blues by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Germany,Ghanachakkar, Aarohan Theatre, Nepal,Exit The King, NIPA Rangmandali, Lucknow,Julius Caesar Ke Akhri Saat Din by Circle Theatre Company, Delhi.

Actor  and NSD passout, Dr. Girish Pardeshi (Bernie ,Marathon Zindagi ,Sangharsh Yatra ,Superb Plan ,Sasubai Gelya Chorila ,Marmabandh ,Forenchi Patlin  ,Hota Asa Kadhi Kadhi ,Gargi Ek Vichar.) told My Theatre Cafe that ,”the extension of the festival from New Delhi to Pune will be an enriching process for the city. Also, many neighboring cities would like from Pune: like Ratnagiri and Nasik would consolidate their work and come to Pune. ” He is the co-ordinator for the festival in Pune.

NSD Satellite festival





Anna in the tropics




The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall





As we know : The Bharat Rang Mahotsav focuses on entertainment, education,enrichment and enlightenment aspects of theatre. The 19th edition of the festival just started on the first of February in New Delhi. The parallel festival has been spread across five cities: Kurukshetra, Agartala, Patna, Pune and Hyderabad. The venue for the festival in Pune is the grand Lokshahir Anna Bhausathe Auditorium.NSD (National School of Drama)  is the foremost theatre institution in the country, and the institution also holds the current chair of Asia Pacific Bureau of Theatre Schools and vice-chair of Global Alliance of Theatre Schools (GATS.)

Prof. Waman Kendre, the Director, NSD talking about the Bharat Rangmahotsav says: “It is one of the best platforms we have to present all the elements which are native to the Indian Theatre-a reflection of the Indian Theatre. This year’s showcase of Classical, Indian narratives, folk performances along with Modern plays will show the depth and width of Indian Theatre.”

Shri Ratan Thiyam, the Chairman,NSD says: The Bharat Rangmahotsav is a prestigious theatre festival and we select plays  keeping in mind the variations of theatre, forms and style along with strong emphasis on in-depth aesthetic expressions, newness and innovation.

The Oxford of the East: Pune surely is bubbling with theatre activity. Do go, share !

Ticket Sales details:

Tickets available at the venue from Feb. 6, four p. m . onward (First come first basis )

Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud

Annabhau Sathe Auditorium, Bibewadi

Balgandharva, J. M Road


Rs. 100 (ground)

Rs. 50 (balcony)