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World Theatre Day: Here's a glimpse of Indian art forms

Updated : March 27, 2019 11:18 AM IST

World Theatre Day is celebrated across the globe on March 27. The day, pegged by International Theatre Institute Centres, is for those who value the importance of art forms. India is considered as a store house of folklore and culture. However, the views on whether theatre is a financially-rewarding career are quite divided. Some say theatre is picking pace gaining the attention of the millennials while some say the art form is dying in India. The goal of the day is for the governments, politicians and institutions to recognise the value of theatre as they have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.

India's theatre history dates back around 5,000 years and comes with abundant culture and tradition. In the early days, the performances were often narrative including recitation, singing, and dancing. (File Photo/Reuters)
India's theatre history dates back around 5,000 years and comes with abundant culture and tradition. In the early days, the performances were often narrative including recitation, singing, and dancing. (File Photo/Reuters)
The themes usually ranged from depicting social issues, Sanskrit dramas, folklore, Western influences and contemporary works. (File Photo/Reuters)
The themes usually ranged from depicting social issues, Sanskrit dramas, folklore, Western influences and contemporary works. (File Photo/Reuters)
The earliest contribution to the Indian theatre was from Bharata Muni, way back between 2000 BCE and the fourth century CE. He wrote Naytashastra, 36 books that describe a theory of theatrical performance based on style and motion, rather than psychology. (File Photo/Reuters)
The earliest contribution to the Indian theatre was from Bharata Muni, way back between 2000 BCE and the fourth century CE. He wrote Naytashastra, 36 books that describe a theory of theatrical performance based on style and motion, rather than psychology. (File Photo/Reuters)
Even today, many Indian families are largely against the idea of their children pursuing acting or theatre as a career option as the pay and the stability is uncertain. Very few are supportive of this career choice. (File Photo/Reuters)
Even today, many Indian families are largely against the idea of their children pursuing acting or theatre as a career option as the pay and the stability is uncertain. Very few are supportive of this career choice. (File Photo/Reuters)
In India, Maharashtra and Gujarat are known for their commercial theatre. Many aspiring actors, from all over the country, make way to these states to pursue their career in theatre. (File Photo/Reuters)
In India, Maharashtra and Gujarat are known for their commercial theatre. Many aspiring actors, from all over the country, make way to these states to pursue their career in theatre. (File Photo/Reuters)
Aspiring actors also head to institutes such as the National School of Drama, <em>Nandikar, among others for </em>a more varied approach to theatre. The institutes offer courses on sound and light designing, acting, direction and script writing. (File Photo/Reuters)
Aspiring actors also head to institutes such as the National School of Drama, Nandikar, among others for a more varied approach to theatre. The institutes offer courses on sound and light designing, acting, direction and script writing. (File Photo/Reuters)
The Mobile Theatre of Assam is among the most successful, urban, commercial theatre movements in the country. (File Photo/Reuters)
The Mobile Theatre of Assam is among the most successful, urban, commercial theatre movements in the country. (File Photo/Reuters)
The views on whether theatre is a financially-rewarding career are quite divided. Some say theatre is picking pace gaining the attention of the millennials while some say the art form is dying in India. (File Photo/Reuters)
The views on whether theatre is a financially-rewarding career are quite divided. Some say theatre is picking pace gaining the attention of the millennials while some say the art form is dying in India. (File Photo/Reuters)
Street plays in India are generally held during protests and convey important social awareness on themes like rape, dowry, and other social evils. (File Photo/Reuters)
Street plays in India are generally held during protests and convey important social awareness on themes like rape, dowry, and other social evils. (File Photo/Reuters)
Kabir Bedi, a Bollywood actor who had pursued theatre acting in his early days, in a 2012 interview said,
Kabir Bedi, a Bollywood actor who had pursued theatre acting in his early days, in a 2012 interview said, "I love the theatre. Unfortunately, theatre doesn't pay the bills." The situation, though changing with time, has a long way to go in the country. (File Photo/Reuters)
In foreign countries, such as Germany, the government funds theatre companies and the companies can not charge more than a certain amount for tickets. (File Photo/Reuters)
In foreign countries, such as Germany, the government funds theatre companies and the companies can not charge more than a certain amount for tickets. (File Photo/Reuters)
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