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NAGAON, April 3: Two books penned and translated by Gourab Kumar Hazarika and Murchana Mahanta respectively were ceremonially released at the ‘Diksharambh Parva’ recently held at the National School of Drama, Theater in Education Wing, Tripura. Chittaranjan Tripathi, director of the National School of Drama, New Delhi, Dr Prasanna Gogoi, chairman of the North-East Zone Cultural Centre, Subrata Chakraborty, vice chairman of the Cultural Advisory Committee of the Tripura Government, Sarbani Nandi, chairman of Documentation Center of Sangeet Natak Academy, Tripura, Biplob Borkakoti, director of National School of Drama, Theater in Education Wing, Tripura, theater personalities Manish Saini, Jyoti Narayan Nath, and many well-known theater activists were present at the ceremonial initiation.

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On the occasion, the new batch of National School of Drama, Theatre in Education Wing, were welcomed with the initiation ceremony. Over 20 trainees selected every year from all over India are given training in Theater in Education subject for one year as a residential course. During the program, two books, ‘Theatre and Drama in Education’ and ‘Theatre of Augusto Boal’ by two emerging artists Gourab Kumar Hazarika and Murchana Mahanta from Nagaon district were also released. Chittaranjan Tripathi asserted that there is a great need for books on drama subjects, and writing two books on drama subjects simultaneously is a big initiative in the field of drama. Biplob Borkakoti opined that the book ‘Theatre of Augusto Boal: A Rehearsal of Total Revolution’ will increase the understanding of the works of Augusto Boal among theater artists and social activists. Similarly, ‘Drama and Theatre in Education’ will certainly encourage teachers and theater artists, covering techniques and practices primarily in children’s theater.

Both books have been published by Sutradhaar publication. Gourab Kumar Hazarika and Murchana Mahanta have been working in the field of art and culture in an academic way for many years and both are currently researchers at Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya, a press note said here.

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