Intriguing storyline, invigorating performances, fascinating forms, and distinctive voices – Chitkara University’s National Theatre Festival, Rangrezz-2019, had the perfect blend of these, and more. The 2-Day National Theatre Festival was held on September 27-28, 2019, at Chitkara University, Punjab campus, with over 140 teams participating from 20 states across the country. This year’s theme for Rangrezz was ‘Light to Enlighten’.Day-1 concluded on a high note with students grooving to hit Punjabi numbers of renowned Punjabi singer-actor Ranjit Bawa, as he set the stage on fire at the University campus. His electrifying performance charged hundreds of students & faculty with energy as he sang hit numbers – ‘Yaari Chandigarh Waliye’, ‘Jean’, ‘Dollar Vs Roti’, ‘JaVeMundya’, ‘Jatt Di Akal’, leaving everyone dancing into the late hours! Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University; said, “Chitkara University’s National Theatre Festival – Rangrezz, aims to provide a National-level platform to the next generation of budding performers, to showcase their artistic abilities, while at the same time ensure artistic enrichment by cultivating a connect with our rich cultural heritage.” Adding that, “We believe complementing extra-curricular activities with education, goes a long way in helping students develop a well-rounded personality.” Talking about Chitkara University’s unique initiative to encourage and promote Performance Arts in today’s ‘digital’ times, Mr. Anshuman Singh, prominent Theatre & Film Artist, said, “I believe each one of us has talent – but to get a huge platform like Rangrezz to display it, is a huge advantage. Back in our days, I wish we had a National-level platform like Rangrezz, where we could be recognised or encouraged for our talent. Congratulations to Chitkara University for bringing to us this truly unique initiative, year after year. ”
Speaking about the unique selling proposition of theatre, Mr. Chintamani Biswal, Theatre Artist & Actor; said, “Theatre is, of course, a reflection of life. The plight, sorrow, helplessness exhibited by the performers on stage sometimes ends up closely mirroring our life – sometimes giving us a very important social message or hitting us with hard facts.” He added that the performances he reviewed at Chitkara University were “each a masterpiece in its own respect”.Rehearsing their street play while waiting for the judges to visit, students of one the participating team explained what theatre spells for them. “Drama is a platform that allows you to be who you are not, and adds something new to your personality each time you perform a different character! A sweet mix of creativity and talent,” the enthusiasts exclaim.Student performances continued all day long on Day-2, culminating in a grand show splashed with live performances by India’s prominent theatre personalities and Rangrezz judges. The highlight of the evening was a very special Kathak dance live performance by Ms Shinjini Kulkarni, Kathak Dancer & grand-daughter of Kathak Maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj ji. It was a treat to watch her weave magic on stage with swift twirls, rhythmic foot movements, expressive motions and elegant stances. The National Theatre Festival – Rangrezz 2019, concluded with a glittering prize distribution ceremony where Hon’ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University; gave away the prizes to the winning teams and honoured the judges for their valuable time and contribution to Rangrezz.