Children present a play at the drama festival at Milani Hall in Bistupur. Picture by Srinivas
Jamshedpur, Aug. 22: The need of the hour is to revive theatre in the country and the Theatre Artistes of Jamshedpur wants to do it through schoolchildren.
The ninth Children’s Drama festival organised by Theatre Artistes of Jamshedpur started in the steel city with 15 schools and theatre groups participating in it and acting out dramas of Rabindranath Tagore, Jaynandan, Charles Dickens and Panchatantra stories.
The plays are being staged in three languages - English, Hindi and Bengali.
Schoolchildren from Classes IV to X would act out the plays during the three-day fest.
“Children should learn that there is more to the world than television, films, cartoon, Internet and academics. A revolution has to start and it is better if the children are educated about theatre and they harbour a love for drama. If we want to see some quality theatre in years to come, it is necessary that we imbibe love for theatre among children from today. Interest should be generated from youth only,” said Asim Dey, an organiser of the fest.
The organisers along with the theatre activist in Jamshedpur are trying to teach the students nuances of drama and that theatre is different from films and television.
Debashish Bagal, a special child from School of Hope, is enthusiastic to play the part of ghulam in the play Lalach ka Natija. He said: “I love to act. I feel nice when I am on stage and people are watching me.”
Shiba Naheed, a Class IV student of Jusco School, South Park said: “I want to become an actor and I like the feeling of being on stage and playing the part of protagonist.”
Theatre activists feel that attention should be given to generate interest and it is the responsibility of performers and directors to come out with quality theatre.
Although the steel city had a good theatre culture but initiative should be taken to promote it and get more people involved to revive the lost glory.
“Theatre caters to a very niche audience but it has a vast subject and it involves acting, stage set up, lighting and voice modulation. People need to understand that. Films allure people because of glamour but few people understand that theatre has its own glamour. We are trying to make them understand it,” said Gautam Shankar, a theatre activist.