Children at Natrang theatre exploring innovations

Excelsior Correspondent

Children exploring new horizons of creativity at Natrang’s spring theatre workshop.
Children exploring new horizons of creativity at Natrang’s spring theatre workshop.

Jammu, Apr 9: Children at Natrang’s spring theatre workshop are setting novice trends by exploring new horizons of creativity and innovation and are experimenting alternative ways of self exploration through the vibrant art of theatre.
While others after school hours remain attracted to the idiot box (Television) or may be sleeping at home, these children have found an amazing space where they are equipping themselves with multiple abilities and qualities. Theatre is not only making them confident but also enriching them with intellect and art of self expression.
Natrang is the only theatre organisation of the country which runs a weekend club for children. This club works on Saturdays and Sundays and children get diverse kind of training in personality development and self exploration through theatre.
The club has devised a  year long theatre training programme to make children aware of their own self-actualisations with the help of experts training them.
The curriculum of this year-long theatre programme is conceptualized and designed by Padamshree Balwant Thakur who has provided a new dimension to the Children Theatre of the Country with his highly innovative Children Plays like ‘Rang Badalti Duniya’ ‘Bhag Beta Bhaag’ ‘Mere Hisse Ki Dhoop Kahan Hai’ and ‘Aap hamare Hain Kaun’.
In the past the experts to work with children have been coming from National and International institutions like, National School of Drama New Delhi and London International School of Performing Arts. The regular faculty include Neeraj Kant- a veteran theatre artist who has an experience of 25 years of working with children and Aarushi Thakur, a young theatre director who is a product of St. Stephens, New Delhi and has done Masters from University of Leister, U.K.  Other than this many other experts of different art-fields like Music, Dance, Painting etc come as visiting faculty to impart a vast knowledge and exposure to the participants. Theatre not only trains actors or directors, but it teaches many skills which help its trainees to excel and lead in any field they opt as career. As Natrang is doing regular Children Theatre in the State for the last 25 years. In these years Natrang has trained, inspired and motivated thousands of children till now and most of them have excelled brilliantly in various fields be it acting, management, civil services, medicine, engineering, social work etc. It clearly establishes that no matter, what you aspire to become in life, the confidence, spontaneity, self-exploration, creativity, reasoning and discipline you imbibe while experiencing theatre, acts as your ultimate strength and motivational force for you to succeed and excell. Natrang takes pride in not only giving a new cultural and intellectual identity to this region but also have produced best of the human resource through these kinds of initiatives.
The children who are participating the workshop include Gopi Sharma, Sanchita Dubey, Vidit Shirsh, Samyak Shirsh, Asma Gul, Agam Kaur, Madhuria Sharma, Ayan Bhola, Suditi Jamwal, Swaranjali Sambyal, Anandita Sethi, Khushi Jandial, Navya Jain, Riya Jandial, Yajur Mahajan, Sahil Anand, Prashant, Himansh Gupta, Nirbhay Khajuria, Sanyam Gupta, Shreya Gupta, Arnav Anand, Sahil Anand, Sanya Gupta, Vairaj Sharma, Vansh Vardhan Singh, Archit Sharma, Parakram Singh, Praney and Niddyaat Singh Jamwal.


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