While studying textbooks help children gain academic knowledge, extra-curricular activities such as theatre help them develop their personality, said senior theatre director and activist B.I. Iliger.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of the theatre training camp for the schoolchildren organised by Dharwad Rangayana in association with the Karnataka Balavikas Academy (KBA) here on Tuesday.
Mr. Iliger said an ideal society would not be created by merely producing professionals and technocrats. It was equally important to have good writers, poets, artistes, and other such persons to ensure healthy growth of society. The rich literary, cultural and musical heritage of Dharwad should be preserved and passed on to the future generation. Having such camps to boost theatre activities among the children was commendable, Mr. Iliger said.
Linganna Kunti, camp convenor, said the camp through the medium of theatre tried to develop creativity among the participating children and bring out the hidden talent in them. Instilling love for theatre among the children through such camps may help revive tradition of theatre in this part of the State, he said.
Iaugurating the camp, KBA chairman Mahesh Tenginkai said theatre and life often endured close encounters. It was a unique art form having closer resemblance with human life. There was a time when north Karnataka was known as the cradle of theatre. But the passion for theatre has diminished over the years. The KBA would join hands with Rangayana to revive the tradition of theatre, he said.