District and zonal items of NATAK are busy conducting drama contests and festivals, radio performs, discussions, interviews…
On the yard of his house at Kattappana in Idukki district, GK Pannamkuzhy arrange a pyre. It was the setting for his 11-minute play, Mannaamkatta, which displays on the plight of a farmer who decides to immolate himself. However an surprising downpour dampens his plans and he rues his destiny. The theatre-cum-cine artiste had conceptualised the play for ‘Thirayarangu’, a week-long on-line drama pageant. It was amongst 9 performs uploaded on the Fb web page of Idukki district wing of the Community of Creative Theatre Activists Kerala (NATAK) as a part of the pageant. The second version of the net fête begins on July 15.
NATAK, the State-wide organisation of theatre artistes, is preserving the theatre scene up and working in the course of the lockdown by way of its district and zonal committees in all of the 14 districts. Drama contests and festivals, radio performs, discussions, interviews, webinars and lecture collection have been preserving the artistes engaged as these get uploaded on Fb pages.
“They’ve had no performances over the past three months and a few artistes have been depressed about it. Theatre is greater than a method of livelihood for these artistes. Going surfing has rejuvenated a lot of them in the interim and that’s why all items of NATAK have been requested to provide you with programmes,” says J Shailaja, secretary, NATAK. Registered in 2018, NATAK has over 6,500 members and at the least 5 programmes are presently being streamed on the Fb pages of various items of NATAK.
It was the Kasaragod district committee that first stepped in by launching a seven-day programme on a WhatsApp group for artistes within the district through which yesteryear actors shared their recollections with members of the group. An upcoming initiative is a 10-day-long radio play contest by Thrikkarippur zone within the district. “That is open for skilled troupes as properly. Money prizes will likely be given away for the highest three performs,” says Nandakumar Maniyat, secretary of NATAK Thrikkarippur. Entries shut on July 30 and the performs will likely be aired on its Fb web page from August 5.
Documenting the historical past
In Kannur, a mission has already been rolled out to doc the historical past and actions of kalasamithis (cultural organisations) within the district. Named ‘Natakathinte Nazhikakkallukal’ (milestones of theatre), it should give attention to cultural boards that performed a vital position within the socio-political-cultural historical past of the area. “The 5 zonal divisions of NATAK within the district will doc the historical past of samithis that come underneath their purview. A minimum of 30 of them will likely be coated within the first part. The documentary will look into the historical past and productions of those samithis, in addition to that includes interviews with administrators, artistes, scriptwriters… As an example, there are a number of male actors who used to don feminine roles and their tales will likely be introduced into the limelight,” says Prakashan Chengal, secretary, NATAK Kannur.
The collection will likely be uploaded after the end result of a digital drama pageant organised by Thalassery zone within the district. “They’ve short-listed 25 performs that will likely be uploaded from July 1. Apart from money prizes for the very best three performs, there will likely be rewards for greatest female and male actors, director and scenarist as properly,” says Prakashan. The digital pageant comes shut on the heels of ‘Natakappani’, a 15-day-long dialogue collection that includes 48 theatre practitioners organised by the Thalassery zone.
Amongst different occasions have been a drama pageant for households organised by NATAK Pathanamthitta and ‘Urava’, an internet ‘theatre sketch’ contest by NATAK Alappuzha. “We obtained 15 entries from theatre artistes within the district. Subsequent, we plan to add radio performs on weekends, weekly classes that includes artistes of yesteryears and month-to-month interplay with specialists within the area,” says Praveen Raj, secretary of NATAK Alappuzha.
NATAK Kottayam district committee, in the meantime, is streaming ‘Chamayangalillathe’, a Fb reside that includes theatre actors sharing their recollections with viewers, and NATAK’s Nedumangad unit in Thiruvananthapuram runs ‘Uyarum Yavanika’, that includes lectures, one-act performs and radio performs.
Financial institution of scripts
NATAK can also be engaged on launching a script financial institution. “This was not meant to be performed in the course of the lockdown. There was a dearth within the variety of books dedicated to performs popping out in the previous few many years. At current, most administrators adapt segments from brief tales, novels or classics for the stage. Unique scripts that mirror on the instances we reside in have develop into uncommon. So when the lockdown was introduced, we assumed that writers would have time to provide you with new works,” says Shailaja. Entries may be submitted till August 30. She added that reputed writers in Malayalam have already agreed to contribute their works to the script financial institution.
NATAK will even be beginning its on-line lecture rooms quickly. “We had held a seven-day appearing workshop in October 2019 at Kasaragod and wished to carry workshops in districts. However since that appears a distant chance within the present situation, we’ve determined to go surfing,” Shailaja provides.
Twelve topics will likely be coated within the lessons led by specialists from throughout Kerala. “Shootings have commenced. Among the many subjects coated are appearing, path, music, set design, props, costumes and theatre appreciation. There will likely be two lessons every on one topic. That is being deliberate as a long-term initiative and there will likely be interactive classes as properly,” she factors out.