New Delhi: The new age theater is still stuck to the curriculum and the actors are not thinking beyond the old plays widely, believes Makarand Deshpande a veternan actor and director.
In a recent interview to Press Trust of India (PTI) Deshpande expressed his disappointment with the new age theater in India. According to him the actors are much talented but they are not thinking beyond the known texts. With time the world is changing and various new issues are coming, which are absent in the old plays, so the new age actors of theater in India should write plays based on their experience, he says.
Deshpande also criticized the theater institutes of India and said that, they are still stuck at Shakespeare, Ghashiram Kotwal and Waiting for Godot. He accepts that these all are great plays but the relevance with today is missing here. According to him the institutes like National School of Drama are sticking to the curriculum and neither trying to find out news plays nor allowing students think about something new.
He told PTI, “”I came to NSD’s Rang Mahotsav in 1995 when Ram Gopal Bajaj was the head. After him, it has changed. Now they select plays based on a DVD, don’t they have time to take a tour around the country and choose new plays?”
Adding to this he also said that the students coming here are mostly focusing to finish the course and to get a degree. But they should utilize their talent to make good plays which are relevant.
Echoing his views, Deepan Sivaram who is a theater director says that, even today actors and directors consider success of play through it script but not experiment with the performances. The new age theater should be more experimental and hybrid of performances. (Published at critical stages.org)