RANGASHREE – A Repertory Theatre Group
Rangashree, in its 41 years of journey has staged about 50 plays in Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu & English and given more than 500 shows in different parts of India and abroad. However, it is known for Bhojpuri theatre across the world. Though Rangashree started its Repertoire in the year of 2002 the group started getting Repertory/ salary grant, from Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, since October 2011.
Rangashree was accredited as an institution (as it has been running Rangashree School Of Drama since 2002), for learning acting and other theatrical skills, by ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India in the year 2016. A number of students got scholarships from Govt of India for pursuing two years advanced course of theatre under Guru-Shishya Parampara under the able guidance of Guru Shri Mahendra Prasad Singh.
The group was established with a clear objective to strengthen Bhojpuri Theatre and enrich Bhojpuri drama literature . Majority of the plays are conceptualized, written and directed by the Founder of Rangashree – Shri Mahendra Pratap Singh. Each drama/play has a social message delivered either in a satirical /comedy /serious way ensuring learning with entertainment.
The First of its kind, 5 day Bhojpuri Natya Utsav organized by Rangashree in National Capital Territory, India, the only NGO /organization to have conducted the show on its own, to be now an annual agenda of Rangahsree.
Recent Plays of Rangashree Theatre Group are :
- 5 Plays were performed performed in 6th Bhojpuri Theatre Festival in Ara and Patna, Bihar.
- Babua Gobardhan was staged in 5 different cities of Arunachal and Assam.
- Narendra Rastogi Mashrak’s, “Master Ganesi Ram”.
- Munshi Premchand’s “Vair Ke Ant” adapted and directed by Mahendra Prasad Singh.
- Mahendra Prasad’s Lachari Bramhchari.
- Munshi Premchand’s “Thakur Ke Kuiyan” adapted and directed by Law Kant Singh.
The most desired and sought after plays of Rangashree Theater Group are:
- Babua Gobardhan https://youtu.be/wXuJJWl8LZk
- MasterGanesi Ram https://youtu.be/ldR_zdrXxK4
- Vair Ke Ant https://youtu.be/Q6EumDo9I7Q
- Jai Girgit Maharaj https://youtu.be/Kx31CsZhSaY
- Lachari Bramhchari
- Thakur Ke Kuiyan https://youtu.be/6AHvVQ8OaIY
- Birju ka Biah Watch Now
- Lutki Baba Ke Ramleela Watch Now
- Sona Watch Now
- Basmatia Chaur Watch Now
- Kachot Watch Now
- Prahari https://youtu.be/ckgcl6Tp4oU
- Mehrarun Ke Durdasha Watch Now
It is an important part of Rangashree area of activities especially for creating awareness on various government schemes, citizens’ rights, dispelling myths and doubts prevalent in amongst lower income group, slums and pavement dwellers, migrant labors, poverty stricken rural areas etc. Also for reinforcing messages of economic independence for women, family planning, sex ratio, better child and women care etc. For promoting financial inclusion in rural areas, advocating villagers to get linked with the banks with the assistance from NABARD.
The most common areas of intervention for which street plays are conducted:
- Voting rights and Voter id Card
- Infant and Mother Mortality
- Sanitation and Hygiene
- Consumer Awareness on Government schemes/subsidies
- Superstitions/Malpractices/Harassment against Women
- Financial Inclusion