JAMMU, June 18: Devika Ranjan, a foreign scholar who came all way from Washington DC to Jammu, was given a warm send-off here today at Natrang Studio Theatre Jammu in an exclusive felicitation function.
The honours were done by Natrang Director, Padamshree Balwant Thakur.
Devika Ranjan under a grant award programme of the Georgetown University USA worked here for 15 days and studied the work of Natrang and its director Balwant Thakur. While trying to deeply understand the working methodology of Natrang, Devika also conducted workshops with children and young actors of Natrang.
As a visiting scholar from the United States, Devika had a close look study of Natrang’s use of theatre in community engagement. She has a strong theatrical background in acting at both a community and university level. She has directed two full-length plays, devised a work based on ethnographic poetry, and written a one-act play.
During her 15 day stay in Jammu, Devika witnessed the extraordinary globally acclaimed Dogri play “Bawa Jitto” which was staged at Aghar Jitto Mela.
She closely observed the production and staging process of two plays of Sunday Theatre and also led a workshop with the Natrang actors based on improvisation and movement exercises in addition to conducting exclusive classes of Children Summer Camp-2015.
Expressing great joy about the visit of US scholar, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that her research visit and interactions for over a period of about 15 days has enriched the experience of Natrang actors and hoped that she will also take along lot of creative experiences and will become the Ambassador of Natrang’s work in the entire USA.