Dastak’s theatre training workshop dedicated to women-centric issues

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2015 17:22 IST
Dastak would be training college students of the age 20 years and above this year. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Amritsar-based theatre group Dastak along with Union ministry of culture, New Delhi, is back with the annual theatre training workshop in the city. The workshop will be providing the 22 selected students with extensive theatre training in which the theatre experts will be boosting their confidence level, along with enhancing their communication skills and grooming them to a level after which they will be able to present impactful performances.

The workshop was inaugurated by a notable theatre activist Jatinder Brar who interacted with the students selected for the workshop. Graduates from National School of Drama Rajinder Singh, who is also the president of the Dastak group, and Amita Sharma have selected these youngsters.

Dastak, which has organised over 40 children’s theatre workshops in the past 18 years with an aim to reach out to the children living in remote areas of Punjab and unaware of the growing world, would be training college students of the age 20 years and above this year.

Talking to HT, Amita, who would be leading the workshop, said, “The students chosen are from rural as well as urban backgrounds. This year we have made sure that we train a fresh lot and do not take much of trained theatre artistes who have been earlier enrolled for this workshop. But I must say that these amateurs selected do have potential to rise in the theatre world. We will be polishing them further.”

The participants will get to learn about various schools of acting and the basic theatre techniques. NSD alumnus Rajinder Singh, renowned music composer and Singer Ravi Nandan, NSD alumnus Amita sharma (specialised in acting) and NSD alumnus Aliyar K (specialised in design) will be the main faculty, teaching different aspects of theatre.

Amita and Rajinder informed that this year they would be touching women-centric issues and sensitising students about the issues affecting the lives of a women.

“Theatre and literatures go hand-in-hand and thus we have thought that this year while training the students we would be teaching them texts written by eminent writers and they can stage the writings on the play. This way the youngsters will get attached to literature and by acting will understand the issues well,” said the duo.

Amita informed that the texts by Indian writer Ismat Chugtai, who is known for her fierce feminist ideology and her texts in Urdu, would also be narrated and the students would be enacting them during the culmination of the workshop at Punjab Naatshala.

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