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?Theatre has a healthy effect on society?

THEATRE ARTISTES strongly feel that the World Theatre Day should be celebrated with enthusiasm and cultural camaraderie. They feel that theatre is still an important means of entertainment despite invasion of television and films and at the same time it plays a pivotal role in the all-round development of society.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 15:37 IST

THEATRE ARTISTES strongly feel that the World Theatre Day should be celebrated with enthusiasm and cultural camaraderie. They feel that theatre is still an important means of entertainment despite invasion of television and films and at the same time it plays a pivotal role in the all-round development of society.

Noted theatre artiste Rajeev Varma feels that theatre has a pertinent role to play in one’s life. It has a healthy effect on a person and the society, as most of the themes have a strong bonding with the real life events.

He said that Bhopal was most active in the field of theatre in the country. On the other hand in Mumbai and other metropolis, theatre was groomed well but was not in the form of a movement. “Theatre in Bhopal is very healthy and gives ample space to the young budding artistes,” he said.

Echoing similar views Sanjay Mehta, a theatre director, said, “The World Theatre Day started as a movement, but later on it was celebrated to give a fresh direction and meaning to life.”

Over the years Bhopal has been very active in theatre and this has been exemplified by the scale on which Theatre Day is celebrated here, Mehta said.

Theatre artist Ashok Bulani said, “Theatre is vital to make a good human being. It creates a feeling of well-being and also lifts a sagging mood.” Ashok is also firm that Bhopal has been a good platform for theatre lovers.

Rakesh Sethi of Rangadhar Natya Samaroh feels that theatre is an art closest to life. It deals with the pathos of common man and also speaks volumes against society. “No form of creative art can be so vocal about the ills prevalent in our society,” he said. Besides, theatre gives a multi-hued dimension to the facets of life, Sethi added.

Theatre fest from today
The Ranadhar Natya Samaroh is organising a seven-day theatre fest on the occasion of World Theatre Day from March 27. The plays would be staged daily at Bharat Bhavan from 7 pm.

Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma would inaugurate the event. The plays that would be staged are Saalgirah (March 27, directed by Ashok Bulani), Ek Sansadiya Samiti Ki Uthak Baithak (March28, directed by Ranjit Kapoor), Bichu (March 29, directed by Nazir Qureshi), Third Flad (March30, directed by Manoj Nayar), Supanawa Ke Sapna (March31, directed by Alakhnandan), and Can’t Play! Won’t Play (April 1, directed by Sanjay Mehta) and Gudgobar Ganj (April 2, directed by Vibha Mishra).