Kids take on Dilli stage
Launched in 1998, Jashn-e-bachpan — the national theatre festival for children — is back. The festival is presented by the Sanskar Rang Toli, an outreach programme for children created by the country’s premier theatre school, National School of Drama (NSD).NSD, in order to contribute to the growth and development of children’s theatre across the country, hosts the festival which promises a blend of fantasy, history, comedy and social issues.Announcing the 11th edition of the festival recently at a press conference, National School of Drama director Anuradha Kapur said the focus of the festival this year was on theatre by special children, with three performances from Assam, Bengal and Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”We live in our own world, but we don’t understand what happens in another’s world. The troupe from Bengal is made of children with speech and hearing impairment, but they have performed a play by Rabindranath Tagore so beautifully that it is an inspiration,’ Kapur said.The 10 day festival will feature 17 plays in nine different languages performed by children. It will showcase plays from all over the country. Three plays will be performed by them including Rabindranath Tagore’s play Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Dakghar which is the opening performance. Dastaan-e-Dilli, another performance by special children, will mark the end of the festival. The play narrates a story of Krishna and his childhood experiences on the banks of the Yamuna river. It will end with a panorama of Dilli seen today and tomorrow through the eyes of special children.’Interactive sessions with play directors and artistes will take place at the festival with the aim to absorb energies, skills and processes in order to gain inspiration for future works through these sessions,’ Kapoor added. The festival will see performances directed by Dadi D Pudumjee, Feisal Alkazi and Radhika Alkazi, Swatilekha Sengupta, KG Krishnamurthy, Bhagirathi, Susanta Mondal, Kiran Bhat and Dr Sripad Bhat, N Jadumani Singh, Jaimini Pathak, Mandya Ramesh, Anurupa Roy, Krishna Bhuyan, Saggherr Loadhii, Kannan, Manish Saini, Rajiv Krishnann and Bijon Mondal.The participating groups at Jashn-e-bachpan 2012 are from different regions of the country and will perform in various Indian languages at Abhimanch, Sammukh and Shri Ram Centre. The plays will be performed in Hindi, Bangla, Assamese, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Nepali, Manipuri, Tamil and English and most of the plays have subtitles.Watch out for it.