Punjab Naatshala, known for giving platform to innumerable theatre artists, playwrights and directors, is gearing up for a new state-of-the-art look, equipped with high technology, to give theatre lovers a whole new experience.
A total of 225 plastic chairs have already been removed from the Naatshala auditorium and work is on to install state-of-the-art seating arrangement with inbuilt speakers.
Artists will be able to land in the 'audience zone' through automatically operated passages that will connect the stage.
Jatinder Brar, founder of Punjab Naatshala, says, "The new seats will offer great comfort to the spectators. Through inbuilt-sound system in the chairs, everyone from audience, irrespective of the fact they are in the front or the last row, every dialogue delivered will be clearly heard."
This will keep the audience glued to the scene, he adds.
"When an artist will reach the audience while delivering a dialogue through the automatic passages, the audience will feel as if they are part of the scene being portrayed on the stage," he added.
The Naatshala is being upgraded and it already has earned the reputation of an advanced theatre. Its revolving stage helps to show different scenes in a highly efficient and quick manner and most importantly, the viewers get an opportunity to feel the scene.
Ever since its opening, Natshala has hosted various national and international theatre festivals.
Bharti Singh, Rajeev Thakur, Rajiv Dhingra (director of Comedy Nights with Kapil), Jatinder Kaur, Anita Devgan and Hardeep Gill are a few names who have acted here.
Brar, an engineer by education, founded Punjab Naatshala in March in 1998 to promote theatre.
"I would always feel alive in writing plays that could give a meaningful message to the society. I would pick subjects from my surroundings," says Brar.
"It is theatre that helps the society in developing the right mindset and imbibes in us values and morals," he adds.
Naatshala will reopen by February end.