Little Thespian in association with Bharatiya Bhasa Parishad will organise a 10 day workshop on Hindi theatre in its premises. The workshop will begin on June 1 and will continue from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be a 30 minute demonstration show on June 12 in the Parishad’s auditorium.
Though the workshop is open to all preference will be given to school and college students. Only 30 candidates will be selected for the workshop.
The workshop will cover three basics of theatre which include the physical aspects, that is, voice throwing, fluid body and stage movements, stage angles etc. There will be classes on acting and scripting and on theatre design which includes lights, set, music, costume, make up etc.
Theatre took the shape of a movement in Bengal from the middle of 19th century with Girish Chandra Ghose at the centre stage. There were great actors like Amarendranath Dutta, Dharmadas Sur, Amritalal Dutta among many others. It was Girish Chandra who broke the convention and introduced women who acted in different roles. Chaitanyalila became a very popular drama and Sri Ramakrishna went to Star theatre to watch it in 1884. After Girish Chandra, Sisir Kumar Bhaduri added a new dimension to Bengali theatre.
Group theatre led by Utpal Dutta, Ajitesh Bandopadhyay and Rudraprasad Singha opened a new chapter in Bengali theatre. Translations by many great German and French playwrights were translated into Bengali and were dramatised. But the works of authors and playwrights in regional languages were not translated into Bengali. As a result of this, Bengali theatre lovers did not get any opportunity to know what was going on in other parts of the country.
As a result, Hindi theatre did not receive impetus and there are few Hindi theatre groups in the city. Bangla Natya Academy only holds theatre workshops in Bengali.
A spokesman for Little Thespian said the workshop was likely to create interest for Hindi theatre among young people. If more theatre groups come forward then those who show ken interest in Hindi serials will go to the theatre halls to watch Hindi dramas.