The Ambulatory or Mobile Theatre – A unique concept of modified Opera

Mobile or Ambulatory Theatre Group

An ambulatory (or mobile) theatre group is an extended concept of Mobile Opera. In this case, artists performs the drama on a temporary revolving stage which is re-locatable. Here artists are hired for a complete season with a written agreement. A whole winter season is considered for their business purposes as the rainy season damages the temporary stages which are used as the set of the act. These mobile theatre groups posses their own mobile temporary stage, all necessary costumes, private doctor for regular health check up of artists and other workers, chairs for the temporary set, own and unique music band, all electronic and non-electronic instruments, tents etc. which are used to create different locations, visual effects, location background, scenes etc. during live darma performances.

An introduction to Mobile or Ambulatory Theatre

Achyut Lahkar

The creator of the Mobile Theatre concept – Achyut Lahkar

During the year 1963, Mr. Achyut Lahkar, son of a famous mobile opera costume maker of the said time, thought to reform the mobile opera concept with introduction of modern techniques and little bit financial security to the atrists in the Indain opera industry. Thus for the very first time he introduced those modern techniques in a famous opera group of that time named Nataraj Opera. He renamed this as Nataraj Ambulatoey Theatre and started his journey. The first performed drama of Nataraj Theatre was Bhogjora written by Mr. Phani Sharma.
This new trend to opera industry had started for the first time in a city of lower Assam called Pathsala of Barpeta district. Now a days, we have more than 50 mobile theatre groups around the state of Assam and these are performing all over India during the whole winter season. Hengul Theatre, Anuradha Theatre, Bordoichila Theatre, etc. are some such names among them.

Posted in Assam Entertainment.

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    • Thanks for good words, Mr. Harley. There’s many more hidden gems about Assam and Assamese culture yet to be uncovered in front of the world. I’ll try to post few more. Have a good day ahead.

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