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Wherever there is human society, the irrepressible spirit of performance manifests: Bailey on World Theater Day
World Theater Day was observed on March 27; hope you did take notice of it. On the occasion of World Theater Day (WTD), observed on March 27 every year since 1961, the noted theater personality of South Africa, Brett Bailey, in his message said that wherever there was human society, the irrepressible spirit of performance manifests.

"Born of community, it (theatre) wears the masks and the costumes of our varied traditions. It harnesses our languages and rhythms and gestures, and clears a space in our midst," he added.

In his inspiring message, Bailey urges the theater artists to seize their power to clear a space in the hearts and minds of society, to gather people around them, to inspire, enchant and inform, and to create a world of hope and open-hearted collaboration. He demands that  in present world of unequal power, in which various hegemonic orders try to convince us that one nation, one race, one gender, one sexual preference, one religion, one ideology, one cultural framework is superior to all others,  it is really defensible to insist that the arts should be unshackled from social agendas.

On various national and international theater events are organized to mark WTD. Special events are held at International Theater Institute (ITI) in Paris - the founding organization of WTD. In India, unfortunately, many theater performers try to switch over to television or film industry to seek greener pastures.

Though, the NCERT's National Curriculum Framework and its position paper dedicated to Arts, which deals with theater as educational tool to be incorporated in the classroom teaching to invoke the ‘Sensitivity Pyramid through Drama’. 

But, alas, in India, theater is slowly dying. The possible pedagogical value of 'Theater in Education' is yet to be explored to its fullest potential, despite the fact that language, environment, social sciences are parts of the curriculum that can be easily transacted through drama, opines educator Simran Luthra.

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