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Mark Your Calendar: Nagaland Theatre Festival, Sept 15-16

Mark Your Calendar: Nagaland Theatre Festival, Sept 15-16

Mark Your Calendar: Nagaland Theatre Festival, Sept 15-16

The Nagaland Theatre Festival: A Cultural Extravaganza

Nestled in the serene beauty of Jotsoma, Kohima, the Nagaland Theatre Festival promises to be an extraordinary cultural event that will captivate your senses and leave you craving for more. In a groundbreaking initiative, the festival is all set to grace the Regional Centre for Excellence in Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), marking its inaugural presence in the heart of Nagaland.

Organized Collaboratively: TaFMA and Hill Theatre Nagaland

Behind this grand event is a collaborative effort that exemplifies the harmonious spirit of the local arts community. TaFMA, or the Task Force for Music & Arts, joins hands with the illustrious Hill Theatre Nagaland, creating a powerful synergy that’s bound to resonate through every performance and workshop.

Unveiling the Festival: A Press Conference at Cafe Leon, Dimapur

The stage is set, and the spotlight shines brightly on the Nagaland Theatre Festival, as it was unveiled to the world during a press conference at the charming Cafe Leon in Dimapur. The excitement in the air is palpable, and anticipation runs high for what’s to come.

The Opening Act: “The Case of Longti Village”

On the first day of this cultural extravaganza, the spotlight will illuminate the gripping play, “The Case of Longti Village.” Adapted from the novel penned by Senti Ozukum, this performance promises to be a captivating journey into the heart of Nagamese storytelling. Scheduled to commence at 4 pm, it offers an opportunity for everyone to partake in the magic of theater, with an affordable entry fee of just Rs. 50 per person.

Artistry in Motion: The Play’s Cast and Crew

Nagaland Theatre Festival: The Opening Act "The Case of Longti Village"
Nagaland Theatre Festival: The Opening Act “The Case of Longti Village”

Behind the scenes, the artistic director, Bendang Walling, is masterminding the adaptation and direction of this enthralling play. His vision is complemented by Kilangtemsu Imsong, who serves as the assistant director, lending depth and creativity to the production.

Thoudam Victor Singh and Uto Chishi, two accomplished names in the world of stage design, collaborate to create a visual spectacle that will transport you into the heart of Nagamese culture. The play’s medium, Nagamese, adds a layer of authenticity, underlining the festival’s commitment to promoting the rich tapestry of local artistry.

The Power of Art: A Festival with Purpose

Nagaland Theatre Festival: The Power of Art
Nagaland Theatre Festival: The Power of Art

Beyond the applause and curtain calls, the Nagaland Theatre Festival strives to emphasize the intrinsic value of art. It seeks to ignite a genuine appreciation for the artistic endeavors that breathe life into the human experience. This festival is a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the ability of theater to touch our souls.

Day Two: The Workshop Experience

The festival isn’t just about watching; it’s about participating. On the second day, an exclusive workshop awaits those who aspire to explore the nuances of acting, stagecraft, and property making. Led by the illustrious Bendang Walling, an alumnus of the prestigious National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, this workshop promises to be a transformative experience.

The best part? It’s open to all, free of charge. Individuals aged 15 and above are invited to register and immerse themselves in the world of theater. To secure your spot, reach out at 9774709190 before September 11, and prepare to unleash your inner actor.

Theatre Renaissance in Nagaland

As the festival unfolds, it shines a light on the relatively new domains of theater and film in Nagaland. It pays homage to the pivotal role played by the church in embracing and introducing these art forms to the local community. Over the past decade, Hill Theatre Nagaland has been at the forefront, successfully organizing over 20 workshops, contributing significantly to the region’s flourishing theater scene.

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Acknowledgments: Recognizing Visionaries

In closing, we tip our hats to Theja Meru, an advisor to TaFMA, for his visionary approach in integrating theater into TaFMA’s portfolio. His foresight has been instrumental in fostering the theater movement in Nagaland. And, of course, we express our deepest gratitude to Theyie Keditsu, affectionately known as Mekhalamama, whose invaluable guidance birthed the inaugural Nagaland Theatre Festival.

In essence, the Nagaland Theatre Festival is not just a cultural event; it’s a celebration of art, talent, and the enduring spirit of Nagaland. It beckons you to be a part of this vibrant tapestry of creativity and culture on September 15-16. Mark your calendar and prepare to be spellbound!

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