STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Awardee, actor, director, designer and academician Namrata Sharma decorated ‘Young Voices of Theatre’, a unique National Theatre Talk Show by Natrang with her vivid thoughts today.The show, which is featured at the Facebook page of Natrang Jammu every day, showcases outstanding young theatre practitioners of India, who share their inspirational views with the global audience.Namrata Sharma Jape is an Actor, Director, Designer and Teacher in theatre. She has been an active theatre practitioner for the last over 23 years which includes 15 years of teaching as Assistant Professor in Department of Theatre and Television, Punjabi University, Patiala.She has created a theatre group ‘Khela’ in Chandigarh and has participated in National Theatre Festivals. She has also written a folk play ‘Chhatikuto’ an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Boor’ and translated ‘Lights Out’ by Manjula Padmanabhan in Hindi and is currently working on its production.Voice and speech trainer Namrata can speak a lot of languages and has given voice to few documentaries and educational projects.In an engaging conversation with Nartang’s senior artist Neeraj Kant, Namarta informed that her journey of theatre started from Rajasthan. She had an innate aptitude of reading since childhood which helped her in developing wider perception about different topics.Training at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University Chandigarh was an enlightening experience which has always helped her as student and as teacher as well.She termed her training period as a life changing experience.She asserts that to do theatre efficiently, one needs a lot of discipline and time management in addition to instinctive passion.She could do meaningful theatre because she got immense support from her family. Moreover, she considers herself fortunate to get a very dedicated team, mentors and supporters and she expressed her gratitude towards all of them.She also screened a precise presentation of her noteworthy theatre works. She asserts that encouraging compliments and reviews from the stalwarts of the field have imparted a great confidence to her.Namarta strongly believes that theatre has to be commercially viable for its graceful sustenance. Its commercial part is often ignored but we shall think about it professionally.Considering immense competition from other mediums, she suggests that quality shall be the main concern for theatre practitioners so that the audience which comes to watch a play is never dissatisfied and repelled.She opines that COVID crisis has made us realise the value of theatre and feels that we have to do it in a different adapted manner post Covid.To the young enthusiasts, she advises to give time and commitment to theatre as there is no shortcut in it and before jumping into it, one has to have a clear reason for doing theatre.
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