JashneBachpan showcases the works of different theatre groups working with and for children, representing various regions and languages from across the country. Eminent and emerging theatre directors and established theatre groups doing plays with and for children participate in the Festival with full-fledged productions.
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Every alternate year the TIE Company organizes a national festival, Bal Sangam, which is essentially a cultural mela with an education objective. The festival is an ensemble of various performing traditional art forms that are presented by children belonging to traditional performing families, guru-paramparas and Institutions. The main objective of Bal Sangam is to encourage children to continue traditional performances so as to preserve our cultural heritage in this rapidly changing world. Till now the TIE Company has invited more than 40 groups well-known for their folk presentations by child artistes. While presenting a spectacular and unique confluence of performances by children of various folk & performing traditions, the Festival also includes art and craft workshops of activities like Origami, Pottery, Puppet-making, Aadiwasi Shilp, Recycling, etc.
Following the success and popularity of the ‘Summer Theatre Workshops for Children’ NSD’s Sanskaar Rang Toli decided to start a Saturday Club that was basically an extension of the summer workshops. In this Club extensive work was done with children of varying age groups with the aim of creating original plays through a process of improvisation. Children in the Club jointly decided upon a theme and then proceeded to work on it on a creative manner. During 2002-03 the Saturday Club was shifted to Sundays and is now known as the ‘Sunday Club’. Training to participants is given in two parts – Part I comprises of script-writing, improvisation, etc. and aims at helping children develop a play. After completing their training in Sunday Club-I the children move to Sunday Club–II where theatre is introduced to them as a subject. Training received in the Club results in plays that are staged before parents as well as the wider public.
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