JAMMU, July 9: Children at Natrang’s 45-day-long Theatre Camp 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 discussing details of this initiative of Natrang, its director Balwant Thakur informed that everywhere the work of creativity with children is being done as a fashion. But in Natrang, highly experienced and trained people work in infusing creativity amongst children.
He said 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 organization 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, public speaking, organizing the self and self exploration through theatre”, he added.
The organization is all set to devise a year-long theatre training programme to make children aware of their own self-actualization 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’, Hum Hain Naa’ Udaan’ ‘Mere Hisse Ki Dhoop Kahan Hai’ and ‘Aap hamare Hain Kaun’.
The regular faculty include, Sumeet Sharma (a National Awardee and also Masters in Dramatics), Neeraj Kant (a veteran theatre artist who has an experience of 28 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, UK.
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.