S. Thirunavukkarasu says theatre needs to be part of college training, because it helps instil confidence, articulation and creativity in youngsters


S. Thirunavukkarasu says theatre needs to be part of college training, because it helps instil confidence, articulation and creativity in youngsters

“Youngsters are wonderful artwork materials,” declares Chennai-based theatre artist S. Thirunavukkarasu. “We now have to allow them to be. Their expressions are real and we don’t need to do something. They improvise,” he provides. However he says “Youngsters’s theatre in Tamil Nadu has an extended method to go. In Karnataka, it is vitally lively. At Jashne Bachpan, an annual15-day pageant in Delhi, youngsters theatre productions from throughout the nation put up greater than 40 performs by youngsters, however there may be hardly any illustration from Tamil Nadu.”

Thirunavukkarasu regrets how youngsters right here hardly know concerning the state’s conventional theatre people artwork Theru koothu and Paavai koothu. “There are solely two households left in Tamil Nadu who practise Paavai Koothu. We now have moved away from our roots,” he says and provides, “Someway in Kerala, Karnataka and Maharasthra, there’s a steadiness between teachers and theatre.”

The theatre artist was in Coimbatore not too long ago to direct a youngsters’s play Koondu Palli based mostly on Tagore’s quick story The parrot’s Coaching.

He has labored with Shanmugaraja of Nigazh Theatre that conducts common workshops for youngsters in Madurai. “NSD additionally has Theatre in Schooling (TIE) that promotes youngsters oriented theatre in locations like Tirupura and Sikkim,” he says.

He calls theatre, an ‘natural medium’ that engages youngsters. “As a baby learns to make use of his physique, thoughts and voice, he develops an curiosity in artwork, dance, and music. He overcomes stage concern, learns to make eye-contact and talk with an viewers. He begins to look at life with a keener eye and learns to work in a crew. It opens up his creativeness and creativity. And, makes him energetic. Theatre is a complete medium,” he says.

A Tamil literature scholar himself, Thirunavukkarasu says there are such a lot of tales in Tamil literature that may be tailored to theatre.

“Whereas learning in Madurai, I used to be influenced by Constantine Stanislavski and Bertol Brecht. After learning performing at Ninasam Institute in Karnataka, I taught theatre for college college students at Thriuvannamalai after which joined the three-year course in performing at NSD.”

“NSD was an eye-opener,” he says. “I assumed performing is magic. However at NSD, I learnt that performing is science and there are other ways to method a personality. And, that’s how a contemporary actor is born.”

However Thirunavukkarasu emphasises that to turn out to be a contemporary actor, one has to have the bottom in conventional theatre. He himself has learnt from conventional theatre kinds such because the Parsi theatre that highlights loud performing and melodrama (popularised by actors like Sivaji Ganesan in Tamil Nadu), and the extra delicate Koodiyaatam from Kerala the place the eyes and expression do many of the work. “I additionally learnt Ankiaa Naat from Gunakar Dev Goswami, an enormous identify in fashionable and conventional theatre in Assam. This artwork type brings dance, aatam and paatam collectively. Then, there was Shakespeare…”

Thirunavukkarasu, who’s from Virudhunagar, has additionally acted in a Tamil movie produced by college students of the Satyajit Ray Movie Institute in Kolkata. “A base in theatre helps an actor to make the transition to movies. He can adapt to any medium. It’s in theatre that an actual actor is born,” he says.

At his workshops he breaks stereotypes. “We assist youngsters deliver out their concepts, creativity and creativeness. They turn out to be assured and stand out. They start to articulate a lot better.” And that is the explanation Thirunavukkarasu appeals to colleges to introduce conventional artwork kinds.

“They will invite a puppet artist. Youngsters can take pleasure in silambam, Therukoothu … every artwork type teaches us one thing. Not everybody has to turn out to be an expert theatre actor however the abilities they be taught will assist them in any discipline they select to work. One in every of my associates who’s a trainer approaches her classroom educating as a efficiency. She brings power and pleasure to it and the scholars love her courses.”

Thirunavukkarasu acts, directs performs for youngsters, and teaches performing at Koothu Pattarai and Rajiv Menon’s Thoughts Display screen in Chennai. To know extra, name him at 89406-53507

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