Starting Saturday, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) at Nariman Point will host a nine-day summer fiesta for children, focusing on film and theatrical expression.
The festival, which includes a film festival, workshop series and two Hindi plays, aims to encourage learning skills through performing arts among children between seven to 12.
“Children are receptive to new ideas, and fun activities encourage them to imagine and create,” said Deepa Gahlot, programming head for Indian Film and Theatre at NCPA, referring to the series of seven workshops, including Clowning and Improvisation, Theatre Madness and Leap into a Story.
The workshops will be conducted by renowned names in film, theatre and children’s writing, including author Manisha Lakhe, theatre director Sunil Shanbag and actor Tarun Singh Negi. NCPA has collaborated with the Children’s Film Society of India to screen seven children’s films as part of the festival.
This film fest will open May 24 with Halo, a story of a dog. Director, Santosh Sivan will be present for the launch.
(You can buy tickets for the plays at the festival, while the film screenings are free, on a first-come first-serve basis. Workshop registration can be done on the spot, for Rs 500. For registration, call 66223749 or 66223802)