Aligarh: The second day of the ‘XIII International Conference of Indian Society for Theatre Research’ taking place at the Cultural Education Centre (CEC), Aligarh Muslim University started with a round table discussion on ‘Theatre, Pedagogy and Research’ in which Professor Ravi Chaturvedi, Prof Borris Daussa Pastor, Mr M K Raina, Prof Dattatreya Dutt, Prof Harish Narang and Dr Urmimala Sarkar Munshi deliberated their views.
Highlight of the session was the discussion around the difference between theatre and drama along with comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving nuances and subtleties in the world of theatre followed by an interactive session, which was concluded with certificates distribution.
Later, Prof Boris Daussa Pastor chaired a session in which Dr Amitava Ghosh spoke on the unique tradition of storytelling among the tribal and indigenous people of Jharkhand and its impact on the lives of people.
Two more panel discussions on topics of ‘Actor and the Stage’ and ‘Experiments as well as Resistance in Travelling Performances’ chaired by Prof Bishnuypriya Dutt and Dr Mustajeeb Khan also took place.
The programme also had four forums on topics varying from Jatra to the role of gender in performances; Nukkad Natak by Ghanshyam Beniwal and Group from Jaipur; a monologue about a female impersonator of Jatra by Gourab Ghosh and a credible Nataunki on ‘Heer Ranjha’ by the AMU Drama Club. The valedictory ceremony is scheduled to be held on January 25, 2017.