Jammu: Natrang organised ‘Children Theatre Extravaganza’ at Matrika Auditorium, SMVD University Katra featuring two playsRoald Dahl’s English play Matilda’ adapted and directed by Aarushi Thakur and Hindi play ‘Remix’designed and directed by Sumeet Sharma. Both the plays were the products of Natrang Children Summer Camps which Natrang organised at its Studio Theatre and K.C. Sports Club.
Mrs Sangeeta Gupta Principal Commissioner Income Tax was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Earlier welcoming the august gathering Natrang Director thanked Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra supporting Natrang endeavour in hosting Children Theatre Extravaganza in the University.
The first play Matilda was based on Roald Dahl’s novel with the same name. The Novel was published in 1988 and has won various Children’s Book Awards. The play was directed by Aarushi Thakur who is a Post graduate in International politics from University of Leicester, UK and a trained actor from Royal Academy of Dramatics Arts London. The story of the play revolves around a brilliant young girl whose senseless and ridiculous parents do not notice or care that their daughter is a genius. Things do not get much better for Matilda once she goes to school because the school Headmaster is even more cruel and absurd than her parents. Fortunately, Matilda’s teacher proves herself to be an ally and when Matilda hears the charming Miss Honey’s terrible life story, she uses her unique abilities to help in a way that only Matilda can. The play was a product of 45 day long workshop was held in the grand environment of KC Sports Club which is the first of its kind indoor sporting facility in the state. The children learned Acting skills along with dance, stage craft, and set design . Natrang and KC Sports Club took the initiative to collaborate to give children the best of infrastructure and exposure for their overall development. With theatre they not only develop their personality but also develop their communication skills. To encourage such initiatives, Natrang will also have its regular theatre classes on the weekends for children because theatre helps a child grow intellectually. Theatre is a sophisticated expression of a basic human need, one might call it an instinct which involves mimicry, 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. So theatre matters, in essence, because we can’t help it. It’s part of what makes us human.
The participants of the play Matilda include Drishti Gupta, Asma Gul, Vastal Khajuria, Arushi, Sanjmee Gupta, Sheen Mahajan, Sanya Gupta, Pranima Fatehpuri, Aayan Sharma, Achyut Sharma, Tulip Verma, Mishika Gupta, Yadaa Gupta, Agrim Gupta, Akshobhya Sharma, Ajay Mahajan, Tejasve Bhat, Navdha Soni, Arnav Vaid, Somya Vaid, Janvika Narshal, Pragya Ganjoo, Sudaksh Raina, Chaitanya Kotwal, Yajvi Gupta, Prashant, Nitish Koul, Sachin Bamba and Mahikshit Singh. The music was done by Agam Kour and the lights were done by Rajan Thakyal.
The show was managed and coordinated by Neeraj Kant, Mohd. Yaseen, Ankush Lakhnotra, Shivam Singh, Syed Mudassar Ali, Ashwani Bali, Kritika Singh and Rohit Sharma.