The Milanee, the venue for the upcoming drama festival in Jamshedpur
All the world will be a stage for budding theatre artistes of Jamshedpur, thanks to the three-day 14th Children Drama Festival starting from August 23 at The Milanee in Bistupur.
Hosted by Theatre Artists of Jamshedpur (TAJ), The Milanee and Rotary Club, as many as 220 students from 14 outfits — 13 schools and one cultural organisation — will participate in the event.
Asim Dey, treasurer of TAJ, said the outfit was trying to revive interest in theatre among steel city youngsters.
“Since the last decade, we have been organising this event so that schoolgoers of the city are able to imbibe an interest for drama. While those performing onstage improve with every performance, those watching the show are inspired to be a part of it. This is one of the ways to keep theatre alive in the city,” he said.
Dey, who was candid about the challenges, said they had invited 45 schools to participate in the event but only 13 of them responded positively.
The 13 participant cradles include Kerala Public School branches at Burmamines, NML Agrico and Gamharia; Dayanand Public School, Church School, DBMS Girls School, Saradamoni Girls High School, ADLS Sunshine School, Lajpat Public School, Ramkrishna Mission School, Jamshedpur Public School, Motilal Nehru Public School and SDSM School of Excellence.
Cultural outfit Jharkhand Bengali Association will also perform at the festival.
The organisers will also get the drama festival inaugurated by a special child.
Special students from various outfits have been invited to attend the festival as audience and guests.
The best actors from each participating team will be felicitated at the end of the festival. An award for the best director will also be given away.