Thursday, February 15, 2007


Six schools of drama in five years: NSD Director

Six schools of drama in five years: NSD Director

Pioneer News Service | Bhubaneswar

As many as six schools of drama would come up in various parts of the country in next five years similar to the National School of Drama (NSD), Director of NSD Devendra Raj Ankur said on Wednesday. He was attending the ongoing State-level drama festival being held here at Rabindra Mandap here.

The NSD has been able to provide education to only 20 students per year in the country and there is a huge demand for making its academic programme available for the aspiring artistes, he said, adding that the new schools would be a major achievement in that direction.

The NSD has been running an extension programme for the benefit of theatre enthusiasts across regions and languages by conducting theatre workshops of various kinds, he said. Subjects like acting, movement, light, makeup, theatre history and literature would be taught at these workshops, he added.

The new schools would have a comprehensive three-year diploma course in dramatic arts with specialisation available in direction, acting and stagecraft as being offered by the premier institute of the country.

It may be noted that the diploma in dramatic arts was recognised by the Government for recruitment to services under the Central Government where specialisation in the field was required while the diploma in dramatics from NSD was equivalent to any post-graduate degree and makes one eligible for PhD programmes.

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