National Children's Theatre Festival
June 1 - 7, 2011 Palakkad, Kerala
- Renu Ramanath
May 29, 2011
A seven day long National Children's Theatre Festival organised by Navarang, a children's theatre group based in Palakkad, Kerala with the support of the Ministry of Culture, New Delhi, will be held from June 1 – 7, 2011 at Palakkad.
Children's theatre groups had been active in Kerala ever since the beginning of modernism in Kerala theatre that started from the late 1960s. Prof. G Sankara Pillai, the pioneer of a modern sensibility in the contemporary theatre scene of Kerala was also the champion of children's theatre, having written dozens of plays for children. He also advocated the formation of theatre groups and workshops dedicated exclusively for children. The presence and intervention of veterans like Prof. S Ramanujam, who has been active in the Kerala theatre scene for the past three or four decades, have also contributed to the children's theatre in Kerala.
However, it is very rarely that samples of children's theatre from outside Kerala are being performed here. This festival, the first of its kind organised by Navarang, will showcase 13 plays from different parts of India, including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Manipur, besides Malayalam plays from Kerala.
The schedule of the festival:
'The Home Coming' (Malayalam / Playwright: Rabindranath Tagore / Dir: KV Ganesh / Rangachethana, Thrissur)
'Kalanju Poya Chiri' (Malayalam / Playwright: Prof. S Ramanujam / Dir: Kannan, Palakkad / Devasrayam, Palakkad)
'Bobby' (Malayalam / Playwright: Vijay Tendulkar / Dir: Maniprasad / Calicut University School of Drama, Thrissur).
'The Cyclist' (Malayalam / Playwright: Vijay Tendulkar / Dir: Sathyabhama / Navarang, Palakkad)
'Shadkala Govinda Marar' (Malayalam / Playwright: Vibhu Pirappankode / Dir: K.S.Geetha / Rangaprabhath, Venjaramoodu, Thiruvananthapuram)
'Pakshippattu' (Malayalam / Playwright: Vaidehi / Dir: KG Krishnamoorthy / Navarang, Palakkad)
'Katakata Desom Tikamaka Raju' (Telugu / Playwright: Bhartendu Harishchandra / Dir: Basheer / CAMS Hyderabad)
'Kunchi Chirakukal' (Malayalam / Playwright: Kavalam Narayana Paniker / Dir: KV Ganesh / Navarang, Palakkad)
'Giddu Tailor Na Saahasagalu' (Kannada / Playwright: BT Desai / Dir: Bhagavathi M / Koshika (R), Udupi, Karnataka)
'Uruvavum Ullavum' (Tamil / based on Oscar Wilde's 'The Selfish Giant / Dir: Girija Ravi / Aranga Sree, Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu)
'Uchida Amuk Hanjilu' (Manipuri / Playwright: Nilladhwaja Khuman / Dir: L.Randhoni Devi / People's Arts & Dramatic Association, Manipur)
'Oedipus Rex' (Malayalam / Dir: KA Nandajan / Navarang, Palakkad)
'Xan' (Assam / Playwright: Hillol Kumar Pathak / Dir: Probin Saikia / Assam Sishu Natya Vidyalaya, Guwahati, Assam)