Aarohan Gurukul has been striving to promote Nepal and Nepali culture through its cultural activities like theatre festivals,” said President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav inaugurating the third Kathmandu International Theatre Festival on Wednesday. Culture Minister Minendra Rijal and Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan spoke about the importance of the festival and about theatre in general. Theatre groups and scholars from 16 countries including India, the US, and the UK will be participating in the 21-day long festival.
In addition to plays from these 16 countries, different workshops and seminars will be conducted in the festival. “Theatre scholars will be presenting papers on themes like Theatre for Peace and Physical Theatre,” said Sunil Pokharel, chief of Gurukul.
Gurukul is financially supported by Norwegian Embassy, B.P. Koirala India-Nepal foundation and some other organizations to organize the festival. “The objective of organizing this festival is to interact with other performers and theatre scholars to improve ourselves and also to promote Kathmandu and its rich heritage,” added Pokharel. Nepal Tourism Board will be distributing the materials that will inform the foreign delegates about Nepali culture and about Kathmandu in the event.
The play Agni Ko Katha followed the inauguration ceremony. The play is written by Abhi Subedi and directed by Pokharel himself.
Tickets to the plays are available at Gurukul in Old Baneshwor.
Posted on: 2010-11-18 07:39