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Theatre in Amravati
Theatre is a form of art which is considered to be a very rich aspect of our Indian culture. The region of Maharashtra has a long theatrical tradition. Besides Bengali theatre, Marathi theatre has been a singular driving force behind innovation.
The theatre movement of Amravati flourished in 1910 and 1920’s and includes form like Sangeet Natak. Sangeet Natak was one of the popular forms of art during the pre-independence era. Bir Waman Rao Dada Josh, Nana Saheb Dhighekar are the renowned writers and directors of Sangeet Natak who used the theater to bring freedom for the country. Sangeet Sarada, Ekach Pawala, Sangeet Sanstan Namaskar, Saunse Kalol are some of the famous acts played in the pre independence era.

Indra Bhavan Theatre, the first Marathi stage theatre in Amravati is situated at the Old Amravati behind the Jawahar Gate. It was started by Bal Gandharbh. Bharat Ganeshpure and Mohan Choti are some of the successful theater artist who made it to bollywood.

The theatre has evolved in today’s scenario. When it comes to skit play and one act play the theatre of Amravati stands at Second position within the state of Maharastra. An act on Sant Gadge Baba was played in 14 districts in the cities like Wasim, Buldhana, Morsi Partawada, Amravati, Chikli which was high appreciated by the people within the city.

Though Theatre continues to have a marked presence in Mumbai and Pune with a loyal audience base but Amravati has marked strong presence when it comes to amateur level of theater in comparison to cities like Mumbai and Pune.

There are no institutes available here to train the budding artists in the art of acting. Summer camps and other training camps are organized by NGOs to train the budding artists of the city. There are no sponsors available for the budding artists. The amateur level theater artists need to pay from their own pockets. There is limited government support available to the budding artists and only grants are provided to them.

The local theatres face a number of challenges. The condition of theaters is not good, the stage is very expensive and the rate of the hall which is taken on lease costs very high to the artists. Usually, people from middle class cannot afford to pay the rent of the hall, which demotivates the artists to perform or to take part.

According to Shivrai Kulkarni, Director of a local theatre “To improve the condition of the stage theatre, the state government should provide its support with some schemes and policies to the theater artists. Government should provide some packages which will encourage the theatre artists to take part more actively. The government should also promote the theatre culture in other states which will help in cultural exchange.

The future prospects of the theatre movement in Amravati are good. There are a good opportunity for the budding artists. Amravati university wings had established eight to ten theatre artists who are earning more than 10 lakhs a year.

According to M.T. Deshmukh, a theatre personality “to relive the culture of theatre Government should initiate the development of art and should even promote the culture of art. There are innovations, artist are up for trying new things but they are not getting the sort of grooming that are needed for them to develop.

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