Bangalore International Centre in association with India Foundation for the Arts had arranged screening of a film “The Nine Months” directed by Ms. Merajur Rahman Baruah on Saturday, Friday, 25 th June, 2010 at 6.30 AM at its auditorium. The Director of the film Mr. Baruah was also present and interacted with the audience about the film and its theme.
This evocative film explores the history, form, style and aesthetics of the mobile theatres of Assam. It records the transformation in themes and repertoire of this genre of performance, captures the experience and perspectives of its promoters, directors, actors, technicians and stagehands, and documents the impact of globalisation on its practice.
The film also explores the various kinds of plays staged by the mobile theatre, the issues they deal with, and how the genre has transformed from presenting mythological and folk stories to contemporary themes with social and political implications. The filmmaker travelled with several theatre companies across rural Assam.
As Baruah stated, “ Mobile theatres concurrently perform social service by generating funds for the sustainable development of the village institutions. This kind of arrangement is perhaps the only one of its kind in the world and this unique provision makes mobile theatres… enduring for the reason that it becomes a social responsibility of the people to watch theatre and contribute towards the development of their village institutions.”
The jampacked auditorium enjoyed the film and the interaction with the Director.
The evening concluded with a vote of thanks and a bouquet for the director.