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Catch them young!

Catch them young!
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The interaction between the artists focused on coming out with innovative performances to introduce our traditional arts to young children, and to make them develop a keen interest in theatre and performing art

At a two-day theatre festival for the young, an interactive seminar titled ‘Art-i-culate’ was held to discuss methods to attract children towards art

The interaction between the artists focused on coming out with innovative performances to introduce our traditional arts to young children, and to make them develop a keen interest in theatre and performing art

A two-day theatre festival for young audiences took place on November 14 and 15 at the Golden Threshold, Abids. Interesting plays like ‘Edu Chepala Katha’, directed by Udaya Bhanu; ‘Naa Valla Kaadu’, based on a Korean folk tale; ‘Amma Cheppina Katha’, and ‘Whistle’, directed by Tiru Veer Reddy were staged.

Audience at the event

Art for the young is a vital issue that has to be addressed immediately, i.e. before the idiot box (TV) takes over and rules the young minds completely. Keeping this in mind, artists from Hyderabad and South Korea got together for ‘Art-i-culate’, an interactive session, and had an interesting discussion at the Golden Threshold, on November 15.

Udaya Bhanu of Bhumika theatre group moderated a discussion where dancers and theatre artists discussed the various approaches one can adopt to introduce traditional arts to young ones, so as to make them appreciate it.

The interaction between the artists focused on coming out with innovative performances to introduce our traditional arts to young children, and to make them develop a keen interest in theatre and performing arts.

Guests at the event

Song In-Hyun, an internationally renowned theatre personality and an expert in traditional Korean mask dance (also the director of Mindeulle Theatre Company from Seoul, Korea), who has been working towards new perspectives in performing arts in Asia, shared his experiences and expertise in the field.

His Mindeulle Company has been staging performances that communicate with the contemporary based on the traditional item. Their shows focus mostly on children, devoting themselves to create the show from social context and try to extend the role and value inside the society.

Song In-Hyun with a guest

The discussion was to initiate a thought process on how to mould art forms to reach out to children of different origins, cultures and nationalities, so that they may be a part of an entire artistic ethos of understanding, appreciating and participating in the creative process of art making.

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