YOUNG WORLD

Train in theatre

For the sound of music...  

To provide training and guidance to the new generation of theatre workers in different regions of the country, Sangeet Natak Akademi — the pioneering institution actively promoting research in the fields of Indian music, dance and drama — recently concluded a ten-week workshop for young theatre artists of the North Zone. The objective of the workshop was to identify, support and make the theatre makers of the future and to create a large resource base of educators and trainers in the field of theatre. Under its three-phase training programme, the Akademi, in the first phase held month-long workshops in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Haryana and Chandigarh. Talented workers undertook training in the 10-week intensive workshop at New Delhi's Sanskriti Kendra. According to Jayant Kastuar, Secretary of the Akademi, the three-phase plan of providing theatre education under eminent experts to talented youngsters across the country, many drawn from smaller towns and semi-urban areas, is one of its major initiatives. He hopes the country would have 100 new theatre makers of high calibre in about seven years' time when the first cycle of the three-phase programme is completed. The workshop is designed to cover various facets of theatre such as acting, designing, lighting, music and other techniques and is interactive in nature.