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Theatrical spin to child?s play

When children take centre stage, it promises to be one joyride. Songs, dance, prancing around, muffed dialogues and adorable smiles that allows them to get away with all the goof-ups.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 13:51 IST

When children take centre stage, it promises to be one joyride. Songs, dance, prancing around, muffed dialogues and adorable smiles that allows them to get away with all the goof-ups.

At the end, it is one enjoyable experience for all. This is what happened at the Leap Years’ Kids Theatrical performance at the India Habitat Centre on Tuesday.
The event marked the completion of two years of Leap Years, Delhi’s first after-school creativity centre for kids. The event had three performances by children.

Toddlers, aged between 4 to 9 years, performed Girgit — a Hindustani adaptation of Chekhov’s famous play Chameleon.

The play, adapted as street theatre for children by the legendary Safdar Hashmi, was directed by Manish Saini and Rishi Kulshreshtha Next on the agenda was music and guess what the tiny tots sang? Blue suede shoes by Elvis ‘King’ Presley!

This was followed by another western song, both set to tunes by Mark Fernandes. Three children singing Hindustani classical music wrapped the music episode.

The final performance ensured that the audience stayed put in their seats. Tato, performed by youngsters aged between 10 -15 years, was a half-an-hour play based on the story Parrot Training by Rabindranath Tagore.

The play dealt with the idea of learning in a totally contemporary sense – by rote and coercion. Though set in a kingdom, the dialogues presented a contemporary scene, complemented by the portrayal of the basic importance of freedom , vital for any living soul.

The programme also included an exhibition of paintings and illustrations made for stories by the children, following a month-long workshop.