Delhi is abuzz with extensive and well thought out cultural activities, with a Monsoon Festival of dance at the India International Centre on 16 and 17 July, and an extensive Theatre Festival, and a Story Telling Movement. In a very interesting choice of subject, on 16 July, the Monsoon Festival features Purushaakaram: the Male in Bharatanatyam, in the IIC Auditorium at 6.00 pm. with Praveen Kumar from Bangalore, disciple of Guru Smt Narmada and Prof C V Chandrashekar. At 7.00 pm we have Renjith Babu from Chennai, another disciple of Prof C V Chandrasekhar and Dhananjayans.
On 17 July, at 6 pm one can see S Vijay Kumar from Chennai, disciple of Sujatha Parameswaram, followed by Lokesh Bharadwaj from Delhi, disciple of Justin McCarthy at 7 pm.
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Story telling is an effective educational tool as a foundation for learning and teaching, enhancing mental skills in children, now lost as parents find little time to spend with their children. Nuclear families have further killed this art with no grandparents around to tell stories.
Parents buy free time for themselves by allowing children to watch long hours of television and computer gaming, alienating them from their near ones, leading to aggression, irritability and quarrelsomeness.
To revive the art of storytelling, well-known storyteller Kamal Pruthi has initiated a Storytelling Movement in collaboration with schools of Delhi/NCR. These ticketed performances are likely to be interactive, open to the entire neighbourhood. The performances will begin with the very successful Kabuliwala by Kamal Pruthi which has so far done 48 performances through 7 states for over 5000 children.
The July phase of story telling starts with Indirapuram School Partap Vihar, Ghaziabad on 11 July, Saturday at 11 am, Ecole de Francaise (French language school), Subhash Nagar-18th July Sunday at 11 am and Greenview Public School Dwarka Vihar, Najafgarh on Sunday 26th July at 11 am.
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While the National School of Drama continues to enthrall theatre buffs with its regular theme-based student performances of Stagecraft, Direction, Acting etc, Pierrot’s Troupe stages seven plays, comic to classic, in different locations of Delhi from 11 July to 9 August.
K L Saigal in Hindi starring Tom Alter shows on 11 July at 7 pm at Sri Ram centre. Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaera in Urdu with Tom Alter, is on 12 July at 7 pm, at the rather diminutive Lok Kala Manch, 20 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road. Hinglish Comedy, A Private Affair shows on 18 July, at 5 and 7 pm, at Fraser Suites, Mayur Vihar Phase 1. Hindi comedy Ghalib In New Delhi is scheduled for 26 July 7 pm, at Lok K Manch. Tom Alter appears again in the English play Marx My Word on 6 August at 7:30 pm, and Ghalib on 8 August, 7.30 pm at Shri Ram Centre. The Hindi-Urdu Comedy Chacha Chhakkan In Action comes on 9 August 5 and 7 pm, Fraser Suites, Mayur Vihar Phase-1.
The Statesman, “Capital stage,” in The Statesman, July 16, 2015. Accessed on July 16, 2015, at: http://www.thestatesman.com/news/supplements/capital-stage/75885.html
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