The 10th edition of Under the Sal Tree Theatre Festival began at Rampur in Assam on Saturday morning with thousands of artistes gathered at the venue.
Kukuiraja, directed by Dhananjay Rabha opened the festival and lit up the misty morning, winning hearts of the audience. Charandas Chor, directed by Anup Hazarika will be staged in the afternoon.
This year’s edition of the prestigious festival has been mellowed down due to the prevailing tense situation caused by the protest against the amended Citizenship Act. Owing to it, the three-day annual event scheduled on December 15 was postponed to December 21-23.
The festival, which is held in the sal forest of Rampur in Assam, will wind up with a Manipuri play Minai directed by Ranabir Khoisnam.
The popular theatre festival is organised by the theatre group Badunduppa Kalkendra, Rampur-Goalpara in collaboration with the directorate of cultural affairs, government of Assam, Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council and the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
The Sal Tree Theatre Festival was conceived under the guidance of theatre stalwart Haisnam Kanhailal, founder of the Kalakshetra Manipur group in 2008.