‘Do Bailon ki Katha’, ‘Namak ka Daroga’, ‘Eidgaah’ - if these titles from Premchand’s works have made you sit up and notice then there’s a reason for you to celebrate this summer. Delhi government’s Hindi Academy brings you a children theatre festival ‘Is Greeshma Premchand Hain Bachchon Ke Sang’ from 20 June.
In an attempt to enrich the lives of 8 to 16-year-old children, Hindi Academy introduced a month long workshop from 20 May . In this workshop, 400 students from 10 schools in the capital are spending their time learning the intricacies of Hindi literature, honing their theatrical skills while acquainting themselves with the legend called Munshi Premchand. The workshop is being conducted by 10 directors chosen by the Academy who are grooming the children in the art of Premchand’s theatrics. The directors who are helping the projects in different schools are Haider Abbas Naqvi, Rajesh Kumar, Kumar Vir Bhushan, Bipin Pachauri, Rahul Saxena, Jawed Ibrahim, Mita Mishra, Mohammad Ali Ashraf, Amandeep Garg and Harshita Guha.
'Premchand was a writer who went deep into the roots of Indian society and presented a true picture of it. So if we want to bring our children closer to Hindi literature, the job has to begin with Premchand,' says Dr Harisuman Bisht, famous author and Secretary of Hindi Academy.
The workshop will culminate into a grand festival for theatre that will be presented by the children over five days at the Little Theatre Group Auditorium at Mandi House.