The celebration of childhood through theatre continued on the second day of TIFLI 2017 — International Festival of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences in Hyderabad. On the second day of the festival, seated in a packed house, the kids were seen having a great time as they watched a play by Chennai-based Theatre Nisha.
Written and directed by V. Balakrishnan, Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Nisha, Water Princess, which is a fairytale, featured the performances of four girls — Meera Sitaraman, Shakti Ramani, Aparna Kumar and Roshini Sridhar.
The engaging children’s play largely focuses on the social message that every drop of water counts. In the story, the Water Princess, saddened with all the waste and misuse of water, decides to leave the earth. Upon learning this, three clowns try to appease her. The rest of the story showcases the clowns embarking on an adventure to convince the Water Princess to stay on here.
Speaking about the event, Udayabhanu Garikipati, Festival Director, TIFLI, said, “There are a few plays with underlying social messages while the other plays are just for fun. Basically, the thought is to engage and enlighten children and spread the awareness about Theatre for Young Audience (TYA).”
“This is the fourth time we are organising this festival. From last year onwards, apart from extending the invite to government schools and NGOs, we have also been reaching out to private and other corporate schools. The response has been very encouraging for theatre plays and workshops too,” Udayabhanu adds.
Sharing some joyful moments before the start of the play, the kids sang poems, rhymes and indulged in some fun activities.
A few naughty children even took hold of the mike and went on saying “hello, hello, mike testing” while another kid responded loudly, “Shhh! Silence please!”