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Scholar from Washington DC to study Natrang's work
6/6/2015 11:00:55 PM
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Jammu, June 6 : Devika Ranjan a scholar from Washington DC has come all way to Natrang Jammu to study the work of Natrang and its director Balwant Thakur under a grant award programme of the Georgetown University USA.
Outstandingly different work done by Natrang that to in a lesser known place like Jammu has been the main attraction of the scholar who exclusively came to India to interact closely the entire work process and the approaches evolved by Natrang during its last 32 years of creative quests.
Interestingly the work of Natrang and its director Balwant Thakur has got the global significance because of its uniqueness both in terms of content and form.
While trying to deeply understand the working methodology of Natrang, Devika also conducted a workshop with young actors of Natrang here today at Natrang Studio Theatre. Prominent among those who attended the workshop included Mohd. Yaseen, Mahikshit Singh, Shivam Singh, Kritika Singh Bhau, Rshba Raina, Sanchita Dubey, Sachin Saini and Gauri Thakur.
Devika Ranjan a US citizen with Indian origin currently lives in Boston. As a visiting scholar from the United States, she is researching Natrang's use of theatre in community engagement. She Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Washington DC where she focuses on "Human Rights, Culture, and Communication."
Devika is the recipient of the Lisa J. Raines Fellowship which sponsors her independent research; she has also been awarded the "Improving the Human Condition" grant from the School of Foreign Service. For her work in pop-up art to enliven and inspire the Georgetown community, Devika received the highest distinction in the Doyle "It is Not Enough to Refrain from Injustice" Symposium.
Since arriving in Jammu, Devika has witnessed the extraordinary globally acclaimed Dogri play "Bawa Jitto" staged which was staged at Aghar Jitto Mela, led a workshop with the Natrang actors based on improvisation and movement exercises, and studied Balwant Thakur's innovative work and his art of assimilation with regional performing art traditions.
Expressing great joy about the visit of US scholar, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that her research visit and interactions for over a period of about 15 days will also enrich the experience of Natrang actors and hoped that she will also take along lot of creative experiences and will become the Ambassador of Natrang's work in USA.
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