Sunday morning at Children's Theatre Festival 2016
December sees a lot of theatre activities happening across the city. This Sunday morning was slated for Children 's Theatre Festival at Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg, New Delhi. This Theatre festival was organised by Three Arts Club , a theatre group dedicated for awareness and training of various art forms among children. Metro connectivity makes Mandi House a convenient destination to reach. Since the program was early morning it led to a hasty retreat from home. To my utter amazement the Hall was occupied and people were eagerly waiting for the show to begin. The host was trying hard to engage the audience through the briefing about the program. The release of colourful balloons and party poppers gave a befitting start to the children's program. The vibrancy and energy was hard to miss.
The curtains were drawn back and it was a delight to watch the tiny toddlers singing, If you are happy and you know it clap your hands. While they were happy - some chose to jump & move while few others chose to stand and stare. The attitude spoke of the great level of confidence these children possessed. The energy and vivacity of their instructor Shalini deserves a special mention- She really had a way with the kids.Following the opening act were these cute little bundles with shimmery pompoms tied on their hands. Their dance was a colourful riot on stage and everybody was suddenly playful and tapping their feet. The ease and efficacy of their dance moves was hard to imitate. These performances by the kids of the Nursery school Pink & Blue spoke of the hard work and great effort put by their teachers. The kids were really outstanding.
A wonderful play, Maanoge to Jaanoge was next. The kids as adults made a hilarious presentation and the laughter was audible all around the Hall. Papa of the play was superb as he was the busiest of all and Mummy had to grumble about everything. The concept of the play was that each one of us is different yet good at something. We all need to realize our special skill and pursue it.
Next on stage was Mathematician Ramanujam in the play called Mathemagician, playing with numbers with great ease. It wonderfully depicted the great Mathematician's life, his tryst with numbers and how the world acknowledged his contributions only after his death. This play was presented by children of DLF School, Sahibabad.Akbar & Birbal stories are known for their witty and intelligence quotient. The host chose to narrate a wonderful story in which Akbar's topic of inquisitiveness is about God to which Birbal had no answer. He cleverly buys time and is lost in thought. On his son’s inquiry, Birbal reveals his predicament. The son says that he can easily answer all of Akbar’s questions and asks Birbal to let go of his worries. Next day Birbal's son answers to the questions per Akbar's satisfaction and saves his father's pride.The students of K.R. Mangalam World School, G.K II staged an "Incredible India" presentation. Though it had powerful well memorized dialogues, was quite monotonous as things appeared dramatic.The two hour program concluded and hunger pangs drove one to the wonderful open air canteen at Sri Ram Centre's campus. The coffee, momos combination under the winter sun was perfect for a Sunday afternoon. The quality, taste of the food served is excellent. I wanted to prolong the stay so had another plate of hot steamy spring rolls. People watching too were interesting. Harried mothers running after kids, a teacher sitting with her theatre class students, a solitary man brooding and lost, a group of youngsters engaged in animated discussion. There is so much to see / look around and Life by itself is a theatre festival.