Young minds brimming with ideas beyond one’s imagination are the most precious assets to the society of theatre and their potential must be tapped in the right manner. This is exactly why a theatre festival for young audience – TIFLI -is all set to take its first flight. Specially catering to children, this fest is organised by ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Théâtre de l’Enfance et la Jeunesse), an organisation that wants to give children maximum exposure to the world of theatre, and will entertain and educate them about the same.
The festival will kickstart from Feb 17 and continue till Feb 23 at Bal Bhavan school in New Delhi. The celebration will encapsulate theatre performances, symposiums and seminars for educators, workshops, platform shows and competitions for children, Natya Mela and Art Installations.
“It gives me immense pleasure to announce the first Theatre for Young Audience Festival in Delhi, which will regale audiences with some thought provoking yet tender performances. We at ASSITEJ aspire to popularize the usage of theatre as a tool in children’s education and over all personality development and we have had significant achievements over the years in different corners of the world. I hope that this festival will usher a new era for performing arts to reach out to children and their families,” said Imran Khan, festival director, TIFLI.
Talking about the festival and its objective, theatre personalty Ashish Ghosh, a member of the theatre curriculum devising committee, NCERT told us: ”TIFLI’ showcases 14 excellent plays from India and abroad, created specially for children by adult professionals. TIFLI’s intervention aims at providing wonderful, creative, edutainment to develop artistic and aesthetic sensibilities of children amd their mentors. We believe in children’ s ‘Right to ‘Leisure’.”
The 14 plays will be presented in different ways of theatre like- musical , story-telling , puppet , object , mime theatre and many more. Not only will Indian theatre artists perform for the young minds, artists from Germany, Denmark, Iran and Sri Lanka will also participate in the event.
The festival will focus at issues like Global warming, climate change and emotions like fantasy and love will be demonstrated through various theatrical performances in six different languages.
There will be three shows of each play daily – morning and afternoon for schools specifically and evenings will be for public.