Children enjoy a gala time at the newly inaugurated Dragon Ride at Aqua World in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Remember Bairi Piya’s scared-looking Amoli? Or naughty Neelu in Bhagonwali? Television actress Supriya Kumari, who is Amoli, Neelu and a host of other characters, is a Ranchi girl who got her break in the entertainment industry after a lot of struggle.
But the capital’s aspiring actors may get lucky this summer. At the very least, they will take baby steps in the world of professional acting with actor-trainers grooming their potential in theatre workshops as part of summer camps.
Coming up in May are acting workshops conducted by Ranchi Club, Oxford Public School and a summer camp with dramatics taking centre stage hosted by state art and culture department. Organisations like Natraj Art Institute and Sursangam Sarojraj Films have also put major emphasis on dramatics in their forthcoming summer camps.
Small wonder that students bitten by the acting bug are enthusiastic to participate in such workshops that teach voice modulation, facial expression, mobility and other attributes needed to make convincing portrayals of different roles.
“It is great that such opportunities are coming our way in our hometown,” said tenth grader of DAV Public School-Bariatu Akansha Sinha.
Noted theatre artiste Ajay Malkani agreed.
“With so many soap operas on television, acting opportunities for our youngsters have mushroomed. Naturally, those with a passion for acting want to take it up as a profession. A workshop conducted by a trained actor will give youngsters a fair idea of the nuances of the craft. Jharkhand lacks an acting institute so these workshops are the next best thing,” Malkani, who heads theatre group Yuva Ranga Manch, said.
But he stressed that the government should also open drama institutes and develop a cultural complex.
“Ranchi University has started a lot of vocational courses. It should also start dramatic study for the larger benefit of students,” Malkani added.
Natraj Art Institute head Amita Sinha added that excelling in dramatics helped youngsters become outgoing and confident.
“It is a creative pursuit that will help youngsters develop their personality,” Sinha said.
Ajit Singh of Sursangam Sarojraj Films said that besides dramatics, they would also focus on classical dance and songs.
“You can say that performance as a whole is our thrust area,” he said, adding that exposure to training under theatre artistes such as Ajay Malkani, Vijay Singh and Munna Lohar would take youngsters a long way.