Published: 06th December 2019
Why kids MUST head to this children's theatre and reading festival in Bengaluru
There will be around six plays across two days and all of them are specially meant for children. Here's a complete rundown of everything that is coming up over the weekend
After conducting two editions of children's theatre and reading festivals successfully, Atta Galatta in Bengaluru has come up with the third edition of Dum Dama Dum. The two-day festival will kick-off on December 7 and 8 which will showcase six different plays across two days. Vikram Sridhar, who is part of this festival says, "We don't celebrate theatre for children in the way we celebrate for adults. And we hardly have such memories from our childhood. Hence, this children's theatre and reading festival is specially meant to celebrate children's theatre for two days. Usually, when we go to a theatre, we watch one play and come home. But here children will get to watch six plays across two days. All these plays are specially designed for children to carry a message with them and fall in love with this form of art."
Here are the six plays that are coming up:
Plays on December 7
Water stories by Visual Representation | 11 am
This play is about the Sun and his best friend water. While the sun is waiting to evaporate all the water, a thirsty frog has drunk up all the water on Earth. How water and Sun deal with each other is the crux of this play.
Dinosaur named Nirmala starts | 3 pm
The play is produced and directed by Tiny Tales which is a children's theatre wing of WeMove theatre. It is about four kids who go on an adventure to find a dinosaur called Nirmala. In this journey, the kids learn how we need to change our practices to save this planet from Climate Change and animals from going extinct.
The Panchatantra brought alive through shadow puppetry | 6 pm
It is a series of fables that uses metaphors of animals to express human values and virtues. Your kids can see the popular stories of The Monkey and the Crocodile and The Lion and The Rabbit through shadow puppetry.
On December 8
KOOTTU | 11 am
It is a play designed and directed by Nisha Abdulla and presented by Qabila. By adopting the non-verbal medium, she uses objects, movement, sound and rhythm to tell the story of overcoming differences in the classroom. It showcases inclusivity and diversity in education which is apt for both children and adults to watch.
Yaksha by Yaksha Degula | 3 pm
The play is based on the children's book called Yaksha. It is an eight-year-old boy named Yaksha. He is new to the school and is unable to make friends. He believes that there is nothing special about him. On the occasions, he dresses up like a Yakshagana artist. This grabs the attention of his classmates who are interested to know what his costume means. And the child goes on to explain everything about the art form, its history and how it is practised.
Tsuinn Tapak | 6 pm
It is a play by Ranga Shankara that takes children through the joyful and thoughtful moments. The performance has short vignettes instead of a single narrative. The performance has simple props, sound music and movements which will involve children to learn and do the same acts.