Landmark 10th edition of NSD’s Bal Sangam kicks off amid huge fanfare
New Delhi, November 03, 2017: The 10th anniversary of Bal Sangam, National School of Drama’s premier theatre festival dedicated to children, kicked off in grand style at the NSD campus today.
Headlining the evening and Chief Guest of the event was the veteran actress and noted thespian Smt. Sharmila Tagore who inaugurated the festival in the presence of renowned Actress of Nautanki and Guest of Honour Smt. Radha Rani.
The evening was presided by Dr. Arjan Dev Charan, Present Chairman, NSD Society and Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama. Also present on the occasion was Mr. Syed Muazzem Ali, High Commissioner of Bangladesh amidst an enthusiastic audience comprising of child artistes from all across India and Bangladesh, as well as over 2000 underprivileged children from different NGOs of the capital region.
The Inaugural Ceremony was followed by MELA – a stage performance by Folk & Traditional Child Artistes of India.
During the inauguration ceremony, Padma Bhushan awardee Smt. Sharmila Tagore held an interactive session and regaled the children about her experiences and her craft, revisiting her illustrious days in front of the camera and on stage.” “It is the age of technology and social media. However, social media doesn’t each anyone creativity and it is impossible to gain empathy with it, which is critical for the growth of children. I managed to gain a tremendous amount of confidence when I started theatre at the young age of eight’. “I am happy that the National School of Drama is taking initiatives such as Bal Sangam to take this form of art to kids, which will help them build self-confidence, teach team spirit & creativity and take our cultural heritage forward,” she further added.
Smt. Radha Rani said, “The word Nautanki is an amalgamation of nine form of art. I am willing to lend all support to the kids who want to learn this great form of folk art”
Dr Arjan Dev Charan, Present Chairman NSD Society, said, “It is important to understand Indian art and TIE has been trying to instil this essence among kids through festivals like Bal Sangam. I welcome all the participants and audience to this festival”.
Speaking at the inauguration, Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “I welcome all the 400 kids from all over India and Bangladesh, who have come to participate in this edition of Bal Sangam. Our Children Theatre in Education Company is in a lot of demand and we have decided that we will start four more such programmes in other parts of the country. Also, Bal Sangam from the next edition onwards will also be a full-scale international festival featuring other countries as well”.
Prof. Tripurari Sharma, Senior Professor with National School of Drama, thanked all the dignitaries who managed to take our their valuable time to come here and give their blessing to the participating kids. “Our faculty, staff, artists and students have put in great efforts behind this festival to make sure that this edition of Bal Sangam is a great success. I welcome all the children who have travelled from all over the country to come here and perform and I wish them all the best. I also thank all the different NGOs from Delhi NCR region who have sent over 2000 children to attend the inauguration of the festival”.
The Bal Sangam festival is an ensemble of various performing traditional art forms presented by children, with the objective of encouraging children to continue traditional performances so as to preserve our cultural heritage in this rapidly changing world. Spread over five days, the festival will showcase rarest folk theatre performances by children across India and Bangladesh between 3rd to 7th November 2017 at the NSD campus.
The entry to the event is free.