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Jashnebachpan comes to an end with hit Hindi play Totto Chan…
-S.P.Chopra, New Delh : Bhopal’s Vihaan Drama Works’ houseful production Totto Chan today brought down the curtains on the 14th edition of Jashnebachpan, an international theatre festival for children. The nine-day festival was inaugurated featuring the best in the theatre for children with a Javanese musical play, Dry Leaf, which talked about the various intricacies of life.

Jashnebachpan not only attracted its young fans but almost all the age group as the plays had something or the other for everyone. Almost 9000 audience attended the nine-day theatre festival despite other major events in the city including the ongoing India International Trade Fair (IITF).This year 23 plays were staged in the four auditoriums – Sammukh, Abhimanch, Abhikalp and Little Theatre Group (LTG). A total of 221 entries were submitted in the 14thedition of the festival.


Regional dramas like Ukhaanu (Ahmedabad), Real Wings (Jodhpur), She Stood Up (Chandigarh), Andhan Nai (Kerela), Totto Chan (Patna), Ha-Ja-Ba-Ra-La (Kolkata), Smartphone (Assam) had made the audience laugh and cry with their gripping script along with the international plays, Dry Leaf (Indonesia)  and Puberty (Sr Lanka) that amazed the viewers with their powerful portrayals.


Suresh Sharma, Director-in charge National School of Drama, is elated by the cultural confluence.


“I have been a part of NSD from last 19 years and this is my first festival as the director-in-charge.I am very happy that the festival has tried to bridge the gap among the various cultures. Children got to know not only about their production but also each other’s culture. We are planning to take this festival out of the National School of Drama and conduct it at other auditoriums of Delhi and NCR,” Sharma said.

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