“Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good.” Terence Mann, the Brodway icon once said. In the times when cinema has becoming the defining entertainment medium, theatre continues to be culturally important and relevant as a performance art. Perhaps because without the assistance of editing rooms and retakes, theatre depends on the performing power of actors on stage. Theatre is raw, and that is what makes it enduring, irrespective of the rise of other performance forms.
Half a decade ago, Jaipur added a new gem to its rich cultural crown. Jairangam, a theatre festival that since then has grown from a modest coming together of theatre aficionados to a national theatre festival that draws talented artists, playwrights and directors from across the globe.
In 2011, Jairangam was started with a vision to provide a world-class platform to theatre art forms, cutting across cultural, lingual and regional banners. Jairangam belongs as much as to the spirit of social conscious Nukkad Naatak as it does to the evolved nuances of modern Shakespearean adaptations.
Why you should grab front row seats for Jairangam 2016
Jairangam 2016 will be a bigger edition of the festival than ever, with a wide range of theatre conventions packed in the week-long extravaganza. With close to 35 plays, the line-up has something for theatre lovers of all kinds and ages. Watch out for plays such as The Job by Hardik Shah, Krishna Vs Kanhaiya by Paresh Rawal, a woman alone by Arvind Gaur and Maa in Transit by Makaran Deshpande. The event will be a star-studded affair with luminaries of the field such as Paresh Rawal, Himani Shivpuri, Shilpi Marwah, Imran Rashid, Kiran Kumar and Kumud Mishra gracing the festival.
Check out the website www.jairangam.org for more details on the plays across the three event venues – Jawahar Kala Kendra, Maharana Pratap Auditorium and Birla Auditorium.
Not just behind, but beyond the stage
For those who want to sift beyond the surface and engage deeper into what the festival has to offer, panel discussions at Rang Samvad will explore various subjects of theatre, art, literature and the inter-connectedness between all. The venue for Rang Samvad is Jawahar Kala Kendra.
Art forms are like living, breathing organisms that function together as an ecosystem and it is impossible to imagine one without another. At Jairangam 2016, photography and painting will be celebrated as much as theatre would be. Art strokes is an art camp that will be held through the six days where eminent artists will demonstrate their work live and young artists can come work together with them to widen their skillset. Khushbu-E-Rajasthan is an online photography contest for all the shutterbugs running in association with Jairangam that will end with an exhibition of the 100 most thought-stirring photographs. Jairangam is thus an event for more than just theatre aficionados, embodying a celebration of life and art, and what other place would be a better place to mark this celebration than the land of folk tales and kathputlis. Hope to see you there!