The generation now sips a new meaning of life. Waiting and letting things come and go is past. The time is now to raise the voice and make ideas visible in the crowd. So, altogether, making things happen in our own way, with transparent visibility to the society for a better tomorrow is Theatre. Unleash the ideas through art has become the need of the time. This would not be exaggeration to say that theatre has become primary source of entertainment in today’s world.
Theater in India under British rule thus reverberates the history of Indian theater. Indian theater is lot more than just being a journey from the archaic theatrical pattern to the modish approach of contemporary theater. It is of course a lot more than just being the representation of natya” and bhava; theater is the reflection of the rich culture, undaunted spirit and ethnicity of India.
Indian theatre after independence gained a colossal maturity with the introduction of regional theatres. Bengali theatre, Hindi and Marathi theatre made their presence felt in quite a large way to manifest the social, political and economical condition of Independent India.
Apparently theatre is also getting commercialized, theatre specifically in India taking shapes in commercial sectors including Bollywood. Pukar theatre group performed a sequence in a 2010 film called “Break Ke Baad” starring Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan. The film “Rajneeti” starred by Ranbir and Katrina Kaif used 5000 theatre actors. The most famous artist in Bollywood are from theatre and creating an edge over commercial cinema.
All these examples elucidate the growing demands of real artist in the industry. Theatre has always been a tool of awareness through street plays and road dramas however the commercial touch definitely brings more glamour with the blend of art.
Theatre is such a rise that has been adapted as a growing subject in Indian schools and colleges. The talent produced from the schools definitely takes a dip amongst the competitive art fields.
Practitioners also have mix feeling about the growing art! Many still believe that theatre as an art is dying; this is because of less monetary flow. There are many great names that are still invisible in this glowing world. Either it’s the destiny or smart work, the truth is undiscovered. But as we say every cloud has a silver lining, all theatre personalities believe that there dream is not far. The media sector is growing rapidly and so are the marketing techniques. Looking theatre from the business point of view looks an alluring profession and a sound art work, Companies today look forward to different styles of promotional ways and theatre is taking a huge portion. Perhaps the reasons are growing education in India, new forms in entertainment etc.
Describing this art and journey isn’t possible in limited time or place as its huge.
Thus, putting you on front to think about it and make a change. Theatre is rising, however what the speeds and duration. You have to answer!
[ This article was first published on June, 2010 issue of Haule Haule Magazine (ISSN 2078-8797). ]