BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh School of Drama (MPSD) will establish a Theatre Study Centre (Natyakarm Adhyayan Kendra) to preserve memories of theatrical presentations made by state’s leading theatre groups in last 35 years.
The Centre will be first institution in the country to preserve the scripts, photographs, CDs, published art reviews and brochures of performances mounted by theatre groups. The performances by the theatre groups in major festivals will also be documented and preserved.
School director Alok Chatterjee told Free Press that Madhya Pradesh has a rich theatrical legacy but it remains undocumented and will be lost unless urgent steps are taken to preserve it. “Most of us are unaware of the history of theatre in MP. So, we have decided to establish a Theatre Study Centre at School where documents - both in hard copy and in electronic format - of important and popular performances of the theatre groups of the state will be available,” he said.
Artistes and researchers wanting to study the history of theatre in the state will be able to visit the centre and collect information they need. The Centre will allow photocopy of available documents on payment.
He said he will be writing to all theatre groups working in Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur, Guna, Ashoknagar and Sidhi and also in places, which were a part of undivided MP, such as Bilaspur and Raipur, to make available the scripts, CDs, photographs, brochures and published art reviews of their popular presentations to the School. “We have started mailing officially to the groups and also posted request on School’s FB page. It will take a month to complete the work,” he said.
“There are libraries in institutions like National School of Drama, (NSD), Delhi and Bhartendu Natya Akademi, Lucknow, but there is no study centre,” Alok said.