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FAIZA FATIMA HASAN
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The young audience at the Hyderabad Children's Theatre Festival 2011 had a great time seeing their favourite stories enacted on stage.

Staged: A scene from “The Jungle Book”. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU
Staged: A scene from “The Jungle Book”. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Shilpakala Vedika Auditorium was packed with nearly 6000 excited children who were there for the recently held Hyderabad Children's Theatre Festival 2011.

This was the probably the first time that children's theatre got such a huge, record-breaking response in the city. The three plays staged and the short films that were screened exclusively for children were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the young audience.

Lively plays

Day one of the festival saw the enactment of “A Special Bond” by Akvarious Productions. The play was based on an adaptation of Ruskin Bond's stories where a boy from the city sets out on an adventurous journey into an ancestral world a hill station where he meets a series of wonderful, and whimsical characters including a mischievous monkey and a romantic ghost.

“Suar Chala Space Ko”, a play by an independent children's media group from Mumbai called Gillo Gilehri, was the highlight of the second day of the festival.

This humorous play revolved around a smelly pig and his friends who travel to outer space and encounter aliens. Interestingly, the script was developed from a puppet play that was written by children!

Rudyard Kipling's “The Jungle Book”, was staged on the final day of the festival. It was directed by Vaishali Bisht.

The play included original background music and some lively songs that the children loved singing in chorus during the half time break.

The lights, music and drama in Bisht's play enthralled the kids, especially the younger ones who got terrified and excited, all at the same time, at Sher Khan's dramatic entry.

Says Farzeen, a Std III student from Nasr, “I got so scared when Sher Khan came onto the stage! I loved that part! It was so exciting!” Aditya of Std VI from Gitanjali was amazed by the costumes and humour that the plays had.

Loving it

Vaishnavadeepa of Std VIII from Heritage Valley School has read Ruskin Bond and Rudyard Kipling's “Jungle Book”. She says, “Plays help you understand these stories better. I wish plays like these were staged more often, they're so enjoyable!”

“Theatre is immensely important for children,” says Bisht on the same note. “I feel it is a great teacher; it is almost like practicing for life because theatre allows you to re-create the likeness to life,” she concludes.

The media partners for the event were Hindi Milap and The Hindu.

I got so scared when Sher Khan came onto the stage! I loved that part!


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