The National School of Drama ( NSD) has announced that the much-awaited 11th edition of Bal Sangam will be held from November 9-12 on its premises.
The festival will showcase traditional performing arts and folk theatre from 12 states of India dedicated to children.
Bal Sangam, an outreach programme of Sanskaar Rang Toli (Theatre-in-Education Company), every alternate year, brings forth both the heritage and legacy of traditional art forms and performances. These are presented by children belonging to traditional performing families, Guru Paramparas and institutions across the country.
The four-day cultural mela will begin on November 9, five days ahead of the Children's Day with an inaugural performance ‘Rangoli’ by folk and traditional child artistes, choreographed by Bharat Sharma, whose illustrious career spans over three decades.
The festival also includes folk dance, martial arts, acrobatics, street play performances. It also features juggling, puppetry and magic shows. Various types of art and craft workshops will also be held.
To encourage the eagerness in children for traditional performances, states like Assam, Odisha, Rajasthan, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala, Gujarat, Punjab, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh will bring to the fore the magic of folk performances and plays.
Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, National School of Drama said, “The festival is an ensemble of various performing traditional art forms that are presented by children. We are proud that the TIE Company has been working hard to make children know about their own culture, traditions and values.”
Highlighting the importance of theatre and folk performances, Suresh Sharma, Director-in-Charge, NSD, said, “Theatre and folk performances are a great learning medium for exploring and sensitizing children towards issues.
“Such activities and festivals are a wonderful platform to not just perform, but learn, travel and share. NSD believes that theatre makes a person sensitive towards issues and an active participant of society as it boosts powers of communication,” he added.
Abdul Latif Khatana, Chief, Theatre-in-Education, said, “Bal Sangam is a confluence of folk and traditional artforms performed by children. When the child artistes imbibe these folk and traditional art forms with the mastery of their art and their innocence then the performance becomes magic.”
NSD authorities will be making special arrangements through various NGOs working with underprivileged children and social organisations, to reach out and invite children from the disadvantaged sections.
Sanskaar Rang Toli (TIE Co.) of NSD, established on October 16, 1989, has completed 30 years of its existence. It is the only theatre education resource centre in the country and has worked with around 20,000 children till date in various workshops. It consists of a group of actor-teachers working with and performing for children.
The major focus of the TIE Company is to perform creative, curriculum-based and participatory plays in schools, specially designed and prepared for children of different age groups.
It has held more than 2000 performances in various parts of the country. More than 10 lakh children, apart from college students, teachers, parents and theatre lovers, have witnessed these plays in approximately all the states in the country as well as abroad, including Poland, China, Philippines and Japan.
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