GUWAHATI, July 22 - In a bid to provide exposure to students with disability who have creative talent and a knack for acting and theatre, the Sachitra Puthi Sanskritik Gosthi has started a special drama and acting school in Guwahati.
Dibyanga Nat Vidyalaya will provide one-year courses in stage acting and acting in front of camera to students with different forms of physical and mental disabilities.
“Despite their limitations, people with disability are making a mark in various fields, performing arts being one. Unlike in the past, there are various platforms that give opportunities to such people to showcase their talent, not just boosting their confidence but also making them financially stable and socially acceptable,” said Rajiv Kumar Saud, the main trainer of the school who has a vast experience of working with theatre for people with disability.
Since the techniques used in the theatre presentation of people with disability are a little different, the students need some expert guidance and individual attention, which they might not be able to get in a regular theatre or acting school.
“Theatre performances are all about coordination and lot of love and passion for the art. Though many such enthusiastic students are naturally endowed with a creative streak and the ability to express themselves, their skill needs special support and training which can add more confidence to their performance,” he added.
To be held on Saturdays and Sundays at DRS Kids School in Rajdhani Nursery locality near Ganeshguri, the school would also incorporate special skill training on terracotta art, mask making, etc. Classes would start from August.
With the expansion of digital media, a number of people with disability are coming forward to be a part of TV serials, cinema and short films. With the right guidance and support, such students would be able to carve a niche for themselves in society.
“Apart from training the students, we would also engage them in meaningful projects like short films and theatre presentation, where they can get practical knowledge of working in the field,” Saud added.