Theatre as per Bharat Muni’s Natya shastra is a complete art form, which imbibes dance, drama, music, architecture and visual arts. It has played a major role to build a creative atmosphere in the society and personality development for the people at large. It is proved that theatre has played a significant role in the world history. Through this scheme, the Eastern Zonal Cultural centre provides an opportunity to the theatre workers to stage their plays and to interact with each other on a common platform. The main objective of organizing such festivals is to provide an opportunity to the theatre workers, students, actors, directors and writers etc. to perform on common platform and to interact with each other. This helps to understand the various kinds of theatre forms and their productions exposing them to popularize theatre among the urban masses.
The following programmes have been formulated under the theatre rejuvenation scheme:
About 12 workshops of theatre acting and design have been organized during the financial year 2014 – 15 in the member states. A national level theatre festival namely, PURVA RANG, presenting the work of experimental and contemporary work of eminent theatre director was organized at Bhubaneswar from 3 - 7 November, 2015.