27 March : A day dedicated to ‘Theatre’

Every year March 27 is celebrated as World Theatre Day since 1961. It was initiated by the International Theatre Institute (ITI).  Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion.

Goals of the World Theatre Day : 

– To promote theatre in all its forms across the world.
– To make people aware of the value of theatre in all its forms.
– To enable theatre communities to promote their work on a broad scale so that governments and opinion leaders are aware of the value and importance of dance in all its forms and support it.
– To enjoy theatre in all its forms for its own sake.
– To share the joy for theatre with others.

The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962.

Each year a figure outstanding in theatre or a person outstanding in heart and spirit from another field, is invited to share his or her reflections on theatre and international harmony. What is known as the International Message is translated into more than 20 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world and printed in hundreds of daily newspapers.

The theater in ancient Greek culture began around 550 and 220 BC in the city of Athens, the political center of Greece at that time. Originally used to celebrate the festival of Dionysus, it was expanded and was exported to colonies around Athens to promote cultural identity in Greece.

The earliest form of the theatre of India was the Sanskrit theatre. It began after the development of Greek and Roman theatre and before the development of theatre in other parts of Asia.

#Hindi
थिएटर… किसी भी तरह की एक्टिंग की ज़मीन यहीं तैयार होती है। ऐसी जगह जहां लोग स्टेज पर लोगों के सामने Live परफॉर्म करते हैं। कहते हैं थिएटर में परफ़र्म करना सबसे ज़्यादा मुश्किल होता है… क्योंकि यहां retake का कोई मौका नहीं मिलता है। आज हम थिएटर की बात इसलिए कर रहे हैं क्योंकि आज वर्ल्ड थिएटर डे है। पहली बार 1961 में आज के दिन को वर्ल्ड थिएटर डे के रूप में मनाया गया था। इस दिन को मनाने का मतलब होता है – अंतर्राष्ट्रीय और राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर जगह-जगह थिएटर शो करना… यानी live परफॉर्म करना। इतना ही नहीं, दुनिया में अपनी अलग पहचान बनाने वाला कोई भी शख्स इस दिन एक संदेश देता है जो दुनिया के अलग-अलग हिस्सों में भेजा जाता है। इस संदेश को 20 अलग-अलग भाषाओं में अनुवाद करके दुनिया के अलग-अलग हिस्सों तक पहुंचाया जाता है।