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Now, a IIET to educate people in theatre in Mysuru

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Mysuru: Theatre and Mysuru are synonymous, with several doyens of theatre leaving behind a legacy. Of late, there has been a demand to teach theatre academically and only a few Institutes have been catering to the demand.

Joining the list is Indian Institute of Educational Theatre (IIET), a joint venture of Indian Theatre Foundation and Hardwicke PU College of the city.

Kannada and Culture Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi will inaugurate the Institute on Monday at Hardwicke School campus at 6.30 pm. Rev. Bishop Hemachandra, Church of South india (CSI), Mangaluru will preside over the ceremony. Theatre person and Managing Trustee of Indian Theatre Foundation Prasanna Heggodu will be present. 

Indian Theatre Foundation (R)) is a registered Trust, with veteran theatre director and founder of Charaka Samsthe Prasanna Heggodu as its guide and mentor. The motto is to take theatre to the forefront, with a touch of academic.

Karnataka is considered as the home for academic theatre in the country. Noted playwright late Adyaranga Charya who was popular as Sriranga, had organised a workshop in theatre for teachers in 60’s itself in the city, setting the stage for theatre education. It is possible to make learning easy for the children in current education system, through theatre. In the countries like Europe and other developed countries, theatre education has been effectively implemented from several decades and is still in motion.

Indian Theatre Foundation has been conducting ‘Acting Shastra’ a national level theatre training workshop for budding artistes for the last one-and-a-half years. Six workshops have been successfully completed and several theatre and film actors of repute have been longing to be a part of the workshop, which explains the demand. Over 150 actors have been trained at the workshop.

Indian Theatre Foundation has its own repertory named ‘Navodaya’ which has produced two full length plays and is preparing the plays for academics too. 

The office of Indian Institute of Educational Theatre is set up in a heritage building on Hardwicke campus, besides having a small theatre with 50 to 60 seating capacity and teaching rooms. 

The main aim behind setting up the Institute is to make learning a mix of activities with fun, and make the artistes produced at the Institute, stay in their place of origin and involve in activities to build the society and make a living by making a revenue.

– Team Mysoorunews 


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