Today is the World Theatre Day.
World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute ITI. It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various local, national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion.
William Shakespeare said, “World’s a stage… We all are actors…”.
Theatre is a very powerful performing art form that provides avenues to express our thoughts and ideas and bring about awareness on social issues.
The theatre has always been under threat of extinction, especially with the rise of the cinema, television and now digital media (e.g., YouTube)
It is very encouraging to see that Theatre has withstood this barrage thanks to the passion, and tenacity of Theater Groups and Artists.
Theatre provides a firm foundation to the artists. Beauty of the Theater is that one gets to connect directly with the audience. There are no retakes, you got to get your act right!!
It may not be apparent, but it also nurtures teamwork, enhances one’s communication skills, confidence, and memory power.
This post won’t be complete if I don’t pay tribute to the great T. P. Kailasam, who is considered as the Father of Modern Kannada Theater.
Back in my school days, my High School, Vidya Vardhaka Sangha, Bengaluru, India used to have inter-class drama competition every year to commemorate T.P.Kailasam’s birthday wherein we, students were supposed to plan, direct and execute each and every aspect of a play including picking a play, costumes, directing, editing / customizing the dialogues, practicing, and stage prep. I cherish these experiences I have had with my teachers and friends.
Now, living in the Royal City, Mysuru, India, I get to interact with quite a few Theater Artists (I had written about Abhiyentararu ( (Theatre Group for Engineers) in my earlier blog post). In fact, World Theater Day is celebrated today here in KalaMandira. Artists like Mandya Ramesh are felicitated.
Mandya Ramesh is a fine Theater actor who is a popular face in Kannada Cinema and Television and he is founder of Natana, a Theater group and he holds Theater workshops exclusively for kids during every Summer Vacation. Many artists trained by him have made it big in the acting world. During one of the events, he said, “Cinema and Television are my Eyes, Theater is my Soul.” How profound!!!
Hats off to all the Theater artists and groups all over the world for keeping the Theater going and growing.👌
The Show Must Go On… 👍