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Theatre festival by children for children

Theatre festival by children for children
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The festival, Bal Sangam 2013, held every alternate year and currently in its eighth edition is organised by the Sanskar Rang Toli (theatre-in-company) of the NSD with the aim of imparting education to children about the country's traditional arts.

While the event includes folk dance, martial arts, acrobats, street performance and many more experiences, this year organisers say there is a special focus on the North East region.

'The North East region has very rich traditional and cultural heritage. Various art forms are so rare and exquisite it has become the need of the hour that they be brought back into the limelight and be given due attention they so right fully deserve,' Ratan Thiyam, National school of Drama, Chairperson said.

NSD plans to introduce drama therapy to help physically and mentally challenged children. The therapy, organisers say, will help them regain their confidence and will give them a platform to perform.

'Theatre education helps a child to become more expressive and leads to overall personality development. This also makes them sensitive towards people and the society too. We are trying to work taking theatre in education to all states in the country,' said Waman Kendre, Director, NSD.

'Bal Sangam should be able to get an international platform and there should be a proper training program for teacher's training in the field of theatre. This will help to bring more and more people to theatre,' he said.

The festival will include a street performance and traditional folk theatre performance groups.

WHEN: 14 November onwards
WHERE: National School of Drama
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