The 12th edition of National School of Drama’s Jashnebachpan- the biggest children theatre festival, is here to enthrall children from all walks of life including the underprivileged. Over 1000 underprivileged children from Delhi NCR area witnessed the commencement ceremony in the NSD campus. NSD has also roped in Zonal Cultural Centers to further encourage and support regional participation.
Jashnebachpan 2014 was inaugurated by Shripad Yasso Naik, Minister of Tourism and Culture on Sunday, 2 November at Abhimanch in the Capital's National School of Drama. The inaugural ceremony was followed by Bal Rang, a performance of various artists was guided by Laique Hussain. This performance included participants from various states like Orissa, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi. 1000 underprivileged children including girls and boys from various age groups eagerly awaited the ceremony.
Jashnebachpan was started in 1998 by Theatre In Education Company (T.I.E Co.), NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of children’s theatre across the country, and has now come to be regarded as one of the largest and most important theatre festivals in India for Children. Theatre personality and chairman NSD society Ratan Thiyam inaugurated the festival with Himani Shivpuri renowned theatre and cine actress. T.I.E. Co that has staged over 1200 shows, 350 workshops catering to more than 11 lakhs children with their plays celebrates its glorious 25 years.
Celebrating some of the best children’s flavors and a distinct palate back on stage, every autumn National School of Drama organizes a festival of theatre for children. This year, of Jashnebachpan, from 2 to 14 November, will make sure that children are treated to the best through theatre for children.
Jashnebachpan 2014 will be featuring various performances in 8 languages – Assamese, Bengali, English, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Hindi and 1 non-verbal from 14 States/Union Territories at the NSD Campus. Celebrating its Silver Jubilee year, T.I.E. Co. is also organizing its first ever three-day seminar from 12 to 14 November. This three day educational seminar, titled, ‘Theatre for children; who’s need is it?’ will have known theatre personalities like Rudraprasad Sengupta, Feizal Alkazi, Kanchan Sontakke, Bansi Kaul and many more.