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Children’s Theatre Festival begins today
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – National Children’s Theatre Festival 2013 will kick off tomorrow at Rabindra Bhawan here with the play Final Justice from Bihar. The five-day festival organized by the Guwahati Sishu Natya Vidyalaya will provide an opportunity to the theatre lovers to get a glimpse of the experimentations going on in other States in the field of children theatre.

Final Justice is a play based on a story written by Rabindranath Tagore. The main character of this play, the king is famous for his justice. The play highlights this trait of the king who does not spares even his queen. The show will start at 5.45 pm.

On January 4, Final Justice will be presented again at 10 am. On the same day, Indur by Jalpaiguri Kalakushali will be staged at 5.45 pm. This play revolves around the very relevant theme of relentless pressure on children to perform and the rat race they are forced to enter. The result is very painful on the children and the play portrays this issue with a message for the society.

On January 5, Padai Par Karo Chadai, from Rajasthan will be presented at 10.30 am. This play raises a question for those parents who take performance in exams as a status symbol and exert undue pressure on their wards that they lose their childhood and some even commit suicide.

The play gives the message that exams are a part of life but they are not bigger than life. The play states that study is necessary to make an earning but it should not become a threat for the children, rather it should be incorporated in one’s life in such a way that it becomes interesting and easy and its impact could be long lasting.

“The plays for the theatre festival have been carefully selected so that they can deliver the right message to the society,” said Manik Roy, director of Guwahati Sishu Natya Vidyalaya.

The play will be repeated at 5.30 pm. At 6.30 pm, theatre lovers will be entertained to Buddhuram, a play aimed at making the audience forget their tension and laugh out heartily. 

“Today people have forgotten how to laugh, and have forgotten how our ancestors laughed, so has disappeared the merry-making of adults and children. A shadow of fear seems to follow all. Every day we hear and see news of riots, abuse, explosions, etc., in the newspapers, radio, T.V., etc. Seeing and hearing all these have resulted in the heaviness of heart and deterioration of mental growth,” said a statement from the director.

On January 6, a seminar on the topic drama and education will start from 2 pm. At 5.15 pm, Clown Town, a play which gives audience a peep into the world of clowns through clown acts will be presented. A clown is a poet in action and it is amazing to see the world from a clown’s point of view, which is how a child would see the world. Sometimes it is excess and exaggeration and many times less seems more.  In the play clowns have left their home Clowntown to travel around the world and inspire people to follow their dreams and have courage to fulfill them.

Same day at 6.30 pm Moi Tuniye Tuntunalo will be presented. This play uses Bihu as a theatrical form to tell the story of Tuni. This story is greatly popular with both children and adults because of its element of humour.

The curtains will come down on the festival on January 7 with the play In The Classroom at 5.45 pm. This play portrays the imagination and fantasy of children in context to their teacher, the subjects they study and their parents.

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