State Times NewsJAMMU: Natrang’s International Theatre Talk show witnessed invigorating and inspirational vision of theatre of eminent theatre personality, Prasanna a director, writer and social activist who is a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the field.Introducing Prasanna, Natrang’s actor Rahul Singh informed that Parsanna, a theatre director, writer and activist, is one of the pioneers of modern Kannada theatre.He co-founded the influential theatre group, Samudaya, in the 1970s and has directed plays in Kannada, Hindi, Punjabi and English for various theatre repertories including National School of Drama, New Delhi, Rangmandal, Bhopal and Rangayana, Mysore, Rahul said.He has written several plays in Kannada including Tadroopi and Haddu Meerida Haadi and has recently adapted Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj for Kannada theatre, Singh added.In an engaging discourse, Parsanna expressed his views about the theatre in reference to the present times of corona crisis.He metaphorically characterized the COVID crisis as a catalyst, it has shaken many things/thoughts which were in vogue since long.Though this is a threat for many things but is also an opportunity to restart and rebirth of many new things and the revival would be done by people and not the governments, he said.Theatre, which is much more beyond mere entertainment for Parsanna, enriches its practitioners with immense knowledge and immeasurable potential, of which they are also unaware at times.He asserted that theatre teaches us discipline, punctuality, togetherness, collaborative efforts and beautifully related it with the struggle and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.For him, theatre is beyond caste, religion, gender discrimination.Theatre also teaches us financial management as most of the time we have to do wonders with limited resources.Spiritual at heart, Prasanna feels that theatre people are not corrupt, as they have links with spirituality.He gives an idiom that as the stage is in between earth and sky, actors are a medium for mediation between god and people.Those who are coordinating this mega online event include Anil Tickoo, Neeraj Kant, Suresh Kumar, Sanjeev Gupta, Vikrant Sharma, Sumeet Sharma, Aarushi Thakur Rana, Mohd. Yaseen, Gauri Thakur, Pankush Verma, Vrinda Sharma and Rahul Singh.
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