Theatre enthusiasts are preparing for a cultural spectacle with the upcoming 14th edition of the ‘Under the Sal Tree’ theatre festival, poised to fascinate audiences from December 15 to December 17 at Badungduppa Kalakendra in Rampur, Goalpara district.
The late theatre personality Sukracharjya Rabha established the festival, which is set to showcase groups from West Bengal, Tripura, and Bhopal, bringing a varied essence to the occasion. What sets this yearly event apart is its distinctive location within a sal tree plantation, offering a scenic backdrop for the performances.
Audiences will have the opportunity to witness two Assamese plays, ‘Madaiah Munchi’ in Rabha language from Goalpara and ‘Ratankar’ in Assamese, during the festival.
In a departure from conventional theatre arrangements, ‘Under the Sal Tree’ restricts the use of artificial devices such as lights and microphones. The performances will take place amidst nature, complemented by the use of indigenous musical instruments, creating a harmonious atmosphere.
Demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainability, the organizers have built the stage exclusively from bamboo and straw, underscoring their devotion to environmentally friendly approaches.