A celebration of childhood through best theatrical experiences, expressions
To be held from November 17 to 25, Jashnebachpan will see a participation of around 511 artists from across the globe including Switzerland, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
New Delhi, November 12, 2018: Good news for young theatre talents. The National School of Drama today announced the much-awaited international theatre festival for children, Jashnebachpan, kickstarting from November 17. The 14th edition of the vibrant theatre extravaganza under NSD’s T.I.E Company will have the best of the performances from Switzerland, Sri Lanka and Indonesia along with their Indian counterparts at the Sammukh, Abhimanch, Abhikalp and Little Theatre Group (LTG) auditorium.
Jashnebachpan, a nine-day theatre experience for children, is a true example of unity and integrity as plays from various regions and languages are being performed here under the one roof. The festival features some of the most eminent as well as emerging theatre directors and established theatre groups working with and for the children.
This year 21 productions from India and three foreign groups including Sri Lanka (non-verbal), Switzerland (English) and Indonesia (Javanese) will showcase their talent. From India, a total of 24 groups have been selected out of 221 entries from various states such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi, West Bengal, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Tripura. The plays will be performed in vernacular languages like Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, and Malayalam besides non-verbal, English, Hindi and other foreign languages.
Much similar to the previous editions, the National School of Drama’s campus will be converted into a veritable children mela as over 500 theatre aficionados are expected to be a part of the festival. The inaugural ceremony will be held on November 17th at the NSD campus at 5.30 in the evening followed by a music and dance performance’, Udaan. It will be comprised of four presentations by groups such as Thangata Pung Cholam (Manipur), Kalboliya (Rajasthan), Gotipua (Odisha) and Bhangra/folksong (Punjab). Even folk dances from Assam (Bihu), Sikkim (Lion Dance), Nagaland (Kabul Naga Dance) and Manipur (Stick Balance) will also be the main attractions of the grand event under the guidance of Dr Laique Hussain.
This time the plays have been divided into four distinct categories – performance by children, performance by children and adults, performance by adults for children and puppetry performance. Besides the regular plays, the students of NSD’s Sunday club, a six-month crash course for the theatre enthusiasts, will perform every day in the afternoon at the lush green lawns of the campus. These performances will be interactive ones involving the audience. Not only that, there will be kachchhi ghodi dance and dhol to set the mood light for the finale.
As the festival celebrates childhood, even the underprivileged kids from various NGOs across Delhi and NCR have been invited to attend and enjoy the opening ceremony. The idea behind this initiative is to bring those children to the mainstream and inculcate enthusiasm for art and culture along with entertainment at a global platform like Jashnebachpan.
To understand the importance of drama, the fest will conduct a two-day seminar‘Reflecting on theatre/drama for children’ on November 23 and 24. The session will be addressed by some of the eminent theatre personalities. Every day there will be Directors Meet, where three various groups from the previous day will interact and share their experience about their play with the audience and media. The makers of the plays will also discuss the nuances behind the making of the plays.
Shri Suresh Sharma, Director, National School of Drama, said, “The main aim of conducting Jashnebachpan is to bring theatre into prominence. It has lost its sheen in the modern era because of the digital medium. Children aren’t aware of theatre these days as none of the schools has theatre as a subject. Like music and art, theatre should also be taught in schools as it not only one of the easiest ways to bring out one’s emotions but also it enables us to develop our personality.”
Mr Abdul Latif Khatana, Chief, Theatre-in-Education, said, “Though Jashnebachpan is all about celebrating the childhood and innocence, it actually brings all the age group of the society under one roof. The festival integrates society. Even if we see the performances at Jashnebachpan, the plays are the result of the beautiful collaboration between adults and children.”
Tickets for the plays will be available online on Bookmyshow.com as well as at the designated auditoriums/ counters of the productions at a very nominal rate of Rs 20/- for children and Rs 50/- for adults. Tickets will be available in two-time slots – 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.
Debuted in 1998, Jashnebachpan, a venture of T.I.E Company of NSD, started in order to contribute to the growth and development of children’s theatre across the country. Post its successful stint year after year; it has now become one of the largest and most important theatre festivals in India for children.
About National School of Drama
The National School of Drama is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India. It was set up by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959. In 1975, it became an independent entity and was registered as an autonomous organization under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, fully financed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a thorough, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre and in which theory is related to practice. As a part of their training, students are required to produce plays which are then performed before the public.
About TIE Co.
Sanskar Rang Toli (T.I.E. Co.) of NSD was established on October 16, 1989, and completed 27 years of its existence. Sanskaar Rang Toli is the only theatre education resource centers in the country and has worked with more than 15 thousand children till date in various workshops. It consists of a group of actor-teachers working with and performing for children. The major focus of the TIE Company is to perform creative, curriculum-based and participatory plays in schools, specially designed and prepared for children of different age groups. The major thrust of the plays is to create an atmosphere that encourages children to raise questions, take decisions and make choices with an awareness of themselves within the larger social context.
The TIE Company has so far done more than 2000 performances in various parts of the country. More than 10 lakh children, apart from college students, teachers, parents and theatre lovers, have witnessed these plays in approximately all the states in the country and Poland, China, Philippines and Japan.
The Toli began with an objective of bridging the gap between passive education and an active method of learning by doing through its performances of varied plays, Summer Workshops on self development and social integration, Sunday Club for devising original performances with children, workshops with teachers on effective teaching-learning process. All these activities are practiced round the year as per the children annual school calendar in Delhi and other parts of the country.