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Age no bar in Visva drama plan

Santiniketan, Dec. 15: Visva-Bharati has decided to start a three-month course in drama for people of all ages, the move aimed at promoting Rabindranath Tagore’s plays among the masses.

The course, which officials said was more like a workshop, would be conducted from April at Natya Chandra Mandir, a theatre hall the varsity set up six months ago. Theatre artistes Usha Ganguly and Ashok Mukhopadhyay will be among those delivering lectures.

“The new course will help those with interest in theatre to improve their knowledge on the subject and hone their skills. Tagore loved theatre and played characters of his own plays on several occasions. The course is part of Visva-Bharati’s attempts to spread Tagore’s view that theatre should be promoted among the masses,” vice-chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta said.

Unlike the varsity’s full-fledged three-year degree course in drama, the new programme will entail more practical sessions and will involve people of all ages and from across the country. The course fee is yet to be decided.

Officials said the course will allow 30 participants initially. “Classes will be conducted twice a week to involve people from different professions. We will later think of increasing the seats,” an official said.

The three-month course will include classes on acting, direction, stagecraft and other aspects of theatre.