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As theatre person Chakresh Kumar takes charge of Tagore Theatre Society as director, he shares his vision for this cultural hub of tricity


Within the New 12 months, Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh will get its new director in Chakresh Kumar. The 37-year-old actor/director has been residing within the metropolis since 2003. Being related to performing arts, in 2005 he based the theatre group, Alankar. Recipient of Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (2014), he holds the excellence of performing for steady 144 hours at Tagore Theatre. Glad to tackle the brand new function, the director shares his imaginative and prescient for Tagore Theatre.

Creating the proper environ

Although I’ve had my share of challenges, this metropolis has welcomed me with open arms. Now, because the director of Tagore Theatre Society, I wish to be certain that artistes and the cultural organisations get the correct of inventive setting and artistic alternatives. I realise, instances are robust, however as our Prime Minster says ‘Aapda ko avasar mein badalane ka samaya hai (it’s time to show challenges into alternatives).’

From UP to Chandigarh

I belong to village Bakhtiyarpur, Etawah, UP. Since my father joined the Military, I grew up in several cities throughout the nation. I joined a university in Chandigarh and later pursued masters from The Division of Indian Theatre, Panjab College. It was solely after 2008 that I received recognition as a director.

Artwork is a celebration

I need to convey artistes from totally different fields and have them as a household right here at Tagore Theatre. I’ve seen this household divided into numerous teams. I need Tagore Theatre to be the place the place all of us come collectively to assist one another out. Artwork is a celebration, we should have fun ourselves and others, which we will do by valuing and dealing with each other. Proper now there are two challenges – first is to make sure that artistes proceed with their work and are supported by means of this pandemic interval. Second is to plot new methods of artwork to be related to the lots. I’ve simply joined; I’m engaged on a plan, and in addition trying ahead to have my senior artistes in different fields to affix forces for a greater cultural scene.

I’ve an eclectic work expertise. I’ve labored with slum kids, particular kids; I’ve carried out in festivals and in small cities and villages, workshops with academics in addition to individuals from MNCs. I need to convey these totally different sections of society collectively. Many individuals in Chandigarh need to be related to Tagore Theatre, get higher amenities. My effort could be to convey all of them collectively.

For budding artistes

I used to be a really passionate and onerous working theatre artiste to start with. What I lacked was correct steering. I would really like Tagore Theatre to be the proper platform in order that budding artistes don’t go directionless however come on monitor proper in time.

To make it buzzing

Sure, I’ve carried out for steady 144 hours right here. I’ve seen and skilled each the previous and new Tagore Theatre; the place is vibrant with power of our wonderful artistes – Neelam Mansingh, Kamal Tiwari, Dolly Ahluwalia, Atamjit and others from the Nationwide College of Drama.

My dream is that metropolis artistes come right here with open coronary heart and I’m prepared to place their imaginative and prescient into actuality.

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