This edition of the festival has been conceptualised and designed with the theme of Breaking Borders to showcase the confluence of different cultures. Participation of countries like USA, UK, Germany, China, France, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, among others and showcasing around 150 plays to theatre lovers in the city will make this edition stand out of all the previous ones. The festival will also travel to other parts of the country with plays being showcased in Agartala (Tripura), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Aurangabad (Maharashtra) and Panaji (Goa). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To popularise theatre among the youth and to use theatre as a learning process, NSD is facilitating various colleges to perform in this year’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Various theatre troupes and rock bands of Delhi University colleges and Jawaharlal Nehru University will also be participating. The idea behind the initiative is to connect the young generation with theatre, which will create an environment for better theatre productions. Several ambience performances comprising of folk performance, children’s theatre are being scheduled for non-stop entertainment during the 18-days festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNSD Repertory Company’s Ghazab Teri Adaa directed by Prof. Waman Kendre will be the inaugural performance of the festival at Kamani auditorium. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) & Civil Aviation, Govt. of India and film personality Om Puri will be the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour at the inaugural ceremony.This edition will be a complete package of cultural extravaganza with seminars, literary interactions (interface with Krishna Sobti), lecture demonstrations(Himani Shivpuri’s acting in a scene from Krishna Sobti’s Mitro Marjani), dance (dance of Birju Maharaj), company theatre music (B Jayshree’s talk on Rang Sangeet), film music, visual art (Raghu Rai’s photography), exhibitions etc. For the first time, the festival will also witness a Theatre Bazar where products related to theatre will be showcased.In another global initiative, NSD will also organise World Theatre Forum on the theme of ‘Breaking the Borders’, where in theatre luminaries from all over the world and across the country will come together to interact with the audience.Various discussions and seminars will take place around the theme “Paridhi Ke Bahar-Natak Bazar”, to bring marginalised voices to the national platform.