Natya Mela, a Bengali Theater Festival, involving mainly the theater enthusiasts in USA was conceived and introduced by Sanskriti in 2005. Since then Sanskriti has been organizing this festival regularly. Even though it started off with the local Bay Area teams and the teams from within California, it's reach has now increased beyond California. Teams from other states are also being included in the festival. This year Natya Mela is turning nine. It was skipped in year 2009, 2011 and 2014 mainly because of conflicts with other large scale event or non-availability of suitable venue.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of this festival. To commemorate this important milestone, we planned a special celebration this year. We have invited Shri Koushik Sen, a notable theater and film personality from Kolkata. Koushik Sen is a well recognized name in the stage theater and the film circle. He is the director of Swapna Sandhani, a prominent theater group in Kolkata. He will stage a full length play along with four of his troupe members.
We welcome everyone to 10th Natya Mela on March24-25 at Cubberly Theater in Palo Alto. Please stay tuned for further updates.