From Our Correspondent
Silchar, March 30: In sync with rest of the world, Bhabikal, a well known theatre group of South Assam celebrated World Theatre Day here recently. As part of the celebration, a discussion on ‘relevance and importance of theatre education in schools and colleges’ was held at Teachers’ Training College here.
At the outset, the intertiol message given by renowned Italian theatre persolity Krzysztof Warlikowski was read out.
It is a tradition that every year a theatre persolity of world stature gives a message to all the theatre lovers and workers on the occasion of World Theatre Day, which falls every year on March 27. The intertiol message translates into forty two languages.
Rahul Dasgupta, a theatre persolity, while speaking at the programme expressed his concern at the aversion of people in general and youth in particular of Barak Valley towards theatre. He pointed out that there was an urgent need of popularizing theatre in the State in order to prevent this art form from being extinct in the future. He expressed his disappointment at the government for not initiating any step to popularise the art form and said that unlike West Bengal and Tripura, the Assam government had never showed any kind of interest on popularising theater.
Dolonchapa Das Paul, a prominent writer and poet, sought reservation for theatre performers in government and private jobs. “Parents send their kids to playground with a belief that they might get a job in the future under sports quota. But, there is no such reservation available for theater as a result the parents as well as children have an aversion towards it,” she said. Santanu Paul, director and secretary of Bhabikal, while addressing the occasion, dwelt on the need of theater education in schools and colleges. The programme was held under the presidentship of Ranjan Das, president of Bhabikal.
The members of Bhabikal performed a play at the programme.