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art-and-culture Updated: Oct 30, 2009 20:15 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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A 14-day-long National Theatre Festival that promises to showcase the works of various theatre personalities and groups working with children, is starting in the Capital from tomorrow. Jashnebachpan, an initiative of National School of Drama, will feature children’s plays by playwrights across the country, thus giving a voice to myriad languages and cultural forms on a single platform.

Talking about the fest, Abdul Latif Khatana, Chief of Theatre In Education (TIE), says, “One of the main objectives of Jashnebachpan is to realise the importance of theatre as an effective medium for children’s overall development. It’s fast becoming a part of school curriculum, and hence this year, schools will also present their productions alongwith professional theatre groups.

This festival that comprises 22 plays, begins with the performance of Simple Dreams, a play directed by Dadi D Pudumjee of Ishara Puppet Theatre. The presentation, an interplay of objects and dancers, creates vivid images of nature, human beings and the life cycle without the usage of any words.

Other plays part of the fest are Barsoraam Dhadaake Se from IPTA Balamanch Mumbai, Bul Bul from Guwahati, Kajirangat Hahakar and In the Classroom from Assam, Andher Nagri Choupat Raja from Delhi and Shakaar Mein Raja ka Shalafrom from Udaipur.

Also, besides various performances there will be interactive sessions from November 3 to 15 with the play directors and group members enlightening
enthusiasts with their experiences. These sessions are also organised to explore and emphasise on the role of theatre as a means of bridging the gap between passive education system and active method of learning.

The plays will be staged at the Shri Ram Centre, LTG, Abhimanch and Sammukh Auditorium. Tickets priced at Rs 20 (for kids) and Rs 40 (for adults) are available at the NSD Reception between 11 am to 5 pm (except 1-2 pm).