February 25, 2017
February 25, 2017
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Dramatic Arts or (रंगशाला) education is an important means of stimulating CREATIVITY IN PROBLEM SOLVING. It can CHALLENGE STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS about their world and about themselves. Dramatic exploration can provide students with an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams that they might not otherwise have means to express. A student can, if only for a few moments, BECOME ANOTHER, explore a new role, try out and experiment with various personal choices and solutions to very real problems-problems from their own life, or problems faced by characters in literature or historical figures. This can happen in a SAFE ATMOSPHERE, where actions and consequences can be examined, discussed, and in a very real sense EXPERIENCED without the dangers and pitfalls that such experimentation would obviously lead to in the “real” world. This is perhaps the most important reason for Dramatic Arts in schools.
Drama also helps students develop TOLERANCE and EMPATHY. In order to play a role competently, an actor must be able to fully inhabit another’s soul. An actor must be able to really understand how the world looks through another person’s eyes. This does not mean he must agree with every character. An actor can play Hitler without becoming a Nazi. But he cannot play Hitler without understanding his point of view, without empathy. In today’s increasingly polarized and intolerant culture, the ability to understand others’ motives and choices is critical. Drama can help build responsible global citizens.
Establishing Self Realization or seeking truth is the ultimate goal of human beings, and how art, and in particular the art of drama helps one to achieve this.
For those who’ve experienced the thrill of being on stage or performing in any capacity in front of an audience, needn’t be convinced about the magic that is theater. However, many of us have remained deprived of this pleasure owing to different reasons – may be our teachers didn’t think we would be good enough; or the character needed a certain look; or we were too shy to audition – or perhaps our school or college just did not have the avenues for us to express, explore or even know that there could exist another facet to our personalities…
In Barry’s words, “Drama was a great facilitator between the parent, teacher and the child as an interactive exercise to behavioral problems.”