STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Eminent theatre actor, director and trainer, Dr. Ankur Sharma from Punjab featured today at Natrang’s National Theatre Talk Show, ‘Young Voices of Theatre’ today, he shared his inspirational views with the global audience at the Facebook page of Natrang Jammu.Dr. Ankur Sharma is a PhD in English Literature from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He has been active in theatre since 2006 and founded YUVAA theatre with a few of his students in Jalandhar in 2008. He has directed more than 30 plays since then, some of which are Hamlet, Jab Shehar Hamara Sota Hai, Kharaashein, All My Sons, Court Martial, Bichchu, Ek Hadsa, Ek Tha Gadha, MuZeum, Chekhov ki Rasbhari Duniya, Ishque Remix, Jithe Kavita Khatam Hundi Hai, Makkadjaal Ton Paar and Dance of life @Death. He also wrote and directed plays like Chaturangg, Dil Kidney aur Ghanti and Chidiyaghar for YUVAA theatre. He has acted in more than a dozen plays and has worked in a couple of films as an actor too. He also acted in a couple of plays in the USA and London. In an enriching conversation with Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee actor and Natrang’s senior artist Anil Tickoo, Dr. Ankur narrated his eventful journey of theatre. He always wanted to do theatre but could not get himself academically qualified in it, thus he resorted to intensive self-grooming. Being a teacher of English literature at college, Dr. Ankur often had an instinctive inclination towards theatre and to make his students understand English plays thoroughly, he made them perform the plays. Being both an academician and a theatre practitioner, Dr. Ankur believes that theatre in academics is different from theatre in practice and to mount a play is not similar to teaching it. A resolute learner, Ankur enhanced his knowledge of theatre by watching a lot of plays and observing important theatre happenings in the world. In an endeavour to make theatre in Jalandhar more professional and commercially successful, he has initiated several ventures like regular staging of plays, forming a street theatre group, starting a National Theatre Festival, starting a State level Punjabi Theatre Festival and more. He also shared his wonderful experience of learning at Yale School of Drama, USA and RADA, London. For him, in theatre it requires a lot of practice to prepare the body and mind of actors. He states that because theatre offers very less financial returns, many people get discouraged to pursue it. Moreover, it is not acknowledged as an economically viable profession, still he along with his team decided to pursue it commercially. He shared how they had put a lot of effort into getting a regular audience, who can even buy tickets and they were successful in it. Speaking about his tireless and reverberating efforts in theatre, an ardent theatre enthusiast, Ankur believes that when you have passion for something, the day is long enough. For him, theatre is a very vast field and it is always better to be a student forever, only then you would enrich yourself and also experience its bliss. He believes that the Corona crisis has caused severe damage to art and its practitioners yet the praiseworthy efforts like this Talk Show have kept the spirit alive and complemented Natrang for inspiring hundreds of people to do meaningful work.
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