Nepal International Thetre Festival started on 25th of February. The week long festival was inaugurated by Prime Minister KP Sharma oli by lighting the panas.
In his remarks during the opening ceremony, the prime minister committed that his government will allocate some budgets for promotion of theatre from coming fiscal year. He said –”Our government will help in theatre development. We have already started internal discussions about this.” He also mentioned that any country’s development will not be complete without arts, literature and culture. The prime minister congratulated the organizer of the festival.
any country’s development will not be complete without arts, literature and culture
The festival director, Rajan Khatiwada thanked the prime minister along with other supporters and donors for the successful organization of the theatre festival. He mentioned that even though the history of theatre in Nepal is not so long, it is broad and deep. He said – “We are trying to trying to develop a style to tell our own stories.” He added that, for any society to become prosperous, meaningful thinking is always essential and the theatre festival will play an important role to develop such thinking.
Many ministers including: Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada, Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, Education Minister: Giriraj Mani Pokhara, Physical Planning and Transportation Minister: Mr. Raghubir Mahaseth were present in the program. Like was, many distinguished guests were also present including: Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City: Mr. Bidhya Sudar Shakya, Member of Parliament: Julie Mahato and other political as well as social leaders.
any society to become prosperous, meaningful thinking is always essential and the theatre festival will play an important role to develop such thinking
9 theatre pros were felicitated during the opening ceremony. These were: Director Prachanda Malla, Ashesh Malla, Sabin Lehmen, Sakuntala Sharma Gurung; Theatre Critics: Abhi Subedi; Theatre Artists: Subhadra Adhikari, Sunil Mishra and Surya Mala Sharma.
Traditional and Modern Dance & Musical Presentations were presented during the opening ceremony. Actors Studio also presented a short play- Rape Machine during the program.
There will be regular theatre performances in 4 theatres of Kathmandu during the festival. The performances will be in Mandala Theatre, Kausi Theatre, Theatre Mall and Shilpee Theatre. The festival will showcase the 30 national and international plays from 9 different countries including Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Norway and Italy. In additions to the plays, there will be daily panel discussions on different socio-political issues.