JAMMU: Natrang Director Balwant Thakur interacted with young aspiring actors at the ‘Freshers Theatre Workshop-2016’ being organised by Natrang at Natrang studio Theatre Jammu. Aimed at giving an opportunity to the new aspirants of acting, Natrang keep on organising Theatre workshops and periodic training programmes in which new talents are trained in the elementary aspects of Acting and the approaches required to accomplish in the field of theatre and arts.
Speaking on the occasion Balwant Thakur while elaborating the need for theatre said that this activity is a sophisticated expression of a basic human need, one might call it an instinct , to mimic, to project stories onto ourselves and others, and to create meaning through narrative and metaphor. We see this instinct expressed in children when they act out real or imagined characters and events. We have evidence of theatre-like rituals in some of the oldest human societies, long before the foundations of Western theatre in Ancient Greece ad Indian Theatre in Vedic times. So theatre matters, in essence, because we can’t help it. It’s part of what makes us human.
Most importantly theatre brings people together. For a performance to happen, anywhere from a hundred to a thousand or more people need to gather in one place for a couple of hours, and share together in witnessing and contemplating an event that may be beautiful, funny, moving, thought-provoking, or hopefully at least diverting. And in an age when most of our communication happens in front of a screen, I think that this gathering function of theatre is, in and of itself, something that matters. In addition to this theatre models for us a kind of public discourse that lies at the heart of democratic life, and builds our skills for listening to different sides of a conversation or argument, and empathizing with the struggles of our fellow human beings whatever their views may be. When we watch a play, we learn what happens when conflicts don’t get resolved, and what happens when they do.
We develop our faculty for imagining the outcomes of various choices we might make in our personal lives and our political lives. It’s not surprising that, in repressive societies, theatre has often been aligned with the movement toward openness and freedom.
Those who are participating in Natrang’s Fresher’s Workshop included Aakash Gadoo, Nikhil Dhar, Balvinder Singh, Sahil Sharma, Sachin Sharma, Shivam Singh, Piyush Anand, Rishabh Sharma, Vishal Sharma, Mahima Sharma, Naresh Kumar Sharma, Brijesh Avtar Sharma, Rokmesh Parihar,Abhee Bargotra, and Deepika Sharma. The workshop is being conducted by Neeraj Kant and coordinated by Mohd. Yaseen.