Children's theatre festival in Bangalore from Monday

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The National School of Drama's Regional Resource Centre here will organise the "Rainbow Children's Theatre Festival 2005", from July 11 to July 14. Five plays will be staged and children between 9 years and 16 years will participate in the festival.

Sri Koteganahalli Ramayya's "Kage Kannu Iruve Bala," based on local folklore will be staged on the first day of the festival. The theme of the play is the need to increase awareness about the neglected cultural roots of our society.

In Chandrashekar Kambar's "Puahparani," though the characters are older, the theme has the quality to entertain children.

In S.V. Kashap's "Govina Haadu," the director, S.V. Sushma, tries to bring explain the concept of truth being triumphant.

"Veera Vrishasena," a play based on the Mahabharatha, directed by K. Mohan Holla will be staged on the third day. The last day of the festival will feature T.P. Kailasam's "Poli Kitti," directed by Iqbal Ahamed.

"The festival was launched last year and aims to encourage neglected areas in the field of theatre. Since children's plays are quite neglected, conducting such a festival gives them a platform to showcase their talents. The National School of Drama has planned to organise children's theatre festivals every year," said Suresh Anagali, Regional Director of the resource centre.

The National School Drama Regional Resource Centre, Bangalore, was started in 1994 under the extension programme of National School of Drama, New Delhi.

The centre aims to take the theatre movement to the grass roots level and train theatre workers in short term courses. It covers Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Pondicherry and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The activities of this school include children's theatre, integrated specialised workshops on acting, back stage responsibilities, play production, play writing, and mounting exhibitions.

Mr. Suresh said the school organises workshops for children to introduce theatre techniques in education and the theatre festival is a part of strengthening the platform for children's productions.

The National School of Drama is also planning to start a regular school for theatre in Bangalore shortly, he said.

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