The 8 day long Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, a flagship programme of the Ministry of HRD organised by the Central University of Orissa concluded here with a Marathi play being staged by the students.
Odisha and Maharashtra are paired in this programme and therefore the theme of the programme was on learning of Marathi culture with special focus on Marathi Theatre. Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Orissa, Professor Sachidananda Mohanty, Sandeep Sapkale, Assistant Professor, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Viswavidyalay, Wardha addressed the students.
The resource persons of the workshop were Professor Sandhya Rayate and Shri Shivdas Ghodke, both alumni of National School of Drama and Faculty of Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Mumbai. As many as 23 students, who were selected through an audition, participated in the workshop.
The workshop focused on various aspects of theatre like stage craft, make up and costume, history of Marathi Theatre etc. The students were trained to perform a part of the Marathi play, ‘Silence! Khatla Chalu Ahe’ by Ramesh Pawar in the style of Tamasha, a popular folk form of Maharashtra. Professor Sachidananda Mohanty, outlined the commonalities in culture of Odisha and Maharashtra.