Vastavam web: With participation of 30 countries and 25,000 artistes from across the globe, National School of Drama (NSD) is set to host the “biggest theatre celebration” for the first time in India here.The 8th edition of Theatre Olympics, touted as the largest international theatre festival, will be inaugurated by vice president Venkaiah Naidu on February 17 at the Red Fort, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma announced today at a media briefing.It is a huge event where 65 foreign shows will take place in 17 cities across the country. Folk artistes will also present their arts there,” the minister said.
Among theatrical performances, the event will also see activities like ‘Living Legends’ series, ‘Master Classes’, symposia, ‘Interface’ and workshops. It will also include two international seminars and six national seminars.The event will see eminent Indian theatre personalities like Shabana Azmi, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Joshi, Seema Biswas, Ratan Thiyam, Alyque Padamsee, M K Raina, Bansi Kaul and Usha Ganguly among others.”With this international event, we wish to express our theatre practices, its variations, philosophies and the sheer strength of our texts, narratives and ways of presentation in front of a global audience.
“In return, we extend our arms to welcome the practices, ideologies and philosophies of visiting performers,” he said.The theatre event will see participation of countries including Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, and Greece.