These youths teach theatre art for free
A group of youths have established Shri Tulajabhavani Sanskrutik Pratishthan, an institute where the nuances of theatre are taught free of cost with a aim to help companies stage plays in Belagavi.
The idea of creating a platform for youths interested in theatre was conceived by Nishant Vasantrao Jadhav A a B.Com graduate Nishant was found of acting in theatre since his childhood, however there was dearth of opportunities and he was worried over the future of theater in the region . His big break came in the form an audition for “Janta Raja”, a famous Marathi play based on the life of Maratha king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The play was staged in Belagavi in the year 2004.
It was then that Nishant decided to contribute his best to encourage theatre artistes. Friends Nilesh Sure and Kisan Jadhav accompanied Nishant in the endeavor.
They conceptualized a play on Shivaji and practiced for about two months. They staged their first show at Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Vadgaon, Belagavi, in April 2005. The three-hour play, which had 140 characters, received rousing appreciation.
Noticing their talent, more people came forward to help Nishant and his friends and encouraged them to stage more plays. The free acting institute was established in 2010 with the help of some social workers.
Speaking to TOI, Nishant said that several youths approach the institute to sharpen their acting skills. Nishant said that if any big drama company plans to organize its show in Belagavi and require local artistes, they approach his institute. “ Any local youth, who wants to organize a drama show, the STSP will help them out. And everything is done for free with help of donors to encourage theatre art,” Nishant said.