“The Indian schooling system is binary-minded and does not make space for the grays. Artists today can play a bigger role in supplementing education. Many of the skills we speak about today, like problem-solving and soft skills, are rooted in the arts,” says Shaili Sathyu, founding father of Gillo Repertory Theatre, a youngsters’s theatre group.
Gillo Repertory Theatre works in Theatre for Younger Audiences (TYA), creating performing arts experiences that have interaction youngsters and younger adults in theatre, specifically, and the humanities usually. It has been performing its variations of fashionable books for kids in cities in addition to villages throughout India since 2009. This weekend, the Mumbai-based theatre group will likely be in Visakhapatnam to participate within the Vizag Junior Theatre Fest and carry out its newest manufacturing The Ghost of the Mountains.
The play is an adaptation of the youngsters’s ebook written by Sujatha Padmanabhan and revealed by Kalpavriksh and Snow Leopard Conservancy – India Belief. This story is ready in a village in Ladakh the place a snow leopard strays right into a locality and the residents need to kill the undesirable customer. However a younger boy feels in a different way about it.
Directed by Shaili Sathyu, the play was carried out on the Prithvi Theatre and NCPA in Mumbai final 12 months. Talking about it, Shaili says, “We have weaved in a whole different culture of Ladakh in the production designs. The music evokes the feel of that region. We have also used a bit of shadow work with old style overhead projector. The idea is to spark imagination in young minds and introduce them to a new culture which is geographically remote from the Southern regions.”
Gillo focuses totally on Indian tales and has additionally carried out in different Indian languages like Marathi, Bengali and Malayalam. Their first manufacturing for early years (youngsters between one and 4 years), ‘Chidiya, Udd!’ was staged in Visakhapatnam a few years in the past. The performs contain themes like empathy in direction of animals, respect for Nature and gender parity.
“Art plays a major role in the emotional growth of an individual and relating to each other with empathy and how we understand our place in society. In the post pandemic world, how we collectively respond to a problem/situation is critical,” says Shaili.
The theatre group is at the moment engaged on the Hindi model of its subsequent manufacturing ‘Rang Chor’ based mostly on the youngsters’s ebook The Color Thief by Stephen Aitken and Sylvia Sikundar . “We are also focusing on workshops for adults for training artistes to be equipped to work with children,” says Shaili.