The 12th edition of National School of Drama’s Jashnebachpan- the biggest children theatre festival, is here to enthrall children from all walks of life including the underprivileged. Over 1000 underprivileged children from Delhi NCR area witnessed the commencement ceremony in the NSD campus. NSD has also roped in Zonal Cultural Centers to further encourage and support regional participation.Jashnebachpan 2014 was inaugurated by Shripad Yasso Naik, Minister of Tourism and Culture on Sunday, 2 November at Abhimanch in the Capital’s National School of Drama. The inaugural ceremony was followed by Bal Rang, a performance of various artists was guided by Laique Hussain. This performance included participants from various states like Orissa, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi. 1000 underprivileged children including girls and boys from various age groups eagerly awaited the ceremony. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jashnebachpan was started in 1998 by Theatre In Education Company (T.I.E Co.), NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of children’s theatre across the country, and has now come to be regarded as one of the largest and most important theatre festivals in India for Children. Theatre personality and chairman NSD society Ratan Thiyam inaugurated the festival with Himani Shivpuri renowned theatre and cine actress. T.I.E. Co that has staged over 1200 shows, 350 workshops catering to more than 11 lakhs children with their plays celebrates its glorious 25 years. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCelebrating some of the best children’s flavors and a distinct palate back on stage, every autumn National School of Drama organizes a festival of theatre for children. This year, of Jashnebachpan, from 2 to 14 November, will make sure that children are treated to the best through theatre for children.Jashnebachpan 2014 will be featuring various performances in 8 languages – Assamese, Bengali, English, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Hindi and 1 non-verbal from 14 States/Union Territories at the NSD Campus. Celebrating its Silver Jubilee year, T.I.E. Co. is also organizing its first ever three-day seminar from 12 to 14 November. This three day educational seminar, titled, ‘Theatre for children; who’s need is it?’ will have known theatre personalities like Rudraprasad Sengupta, Feizal Alkazi, Kanchan Sontakke, Bansi Kaul and many more.
Kolkata: The Dakshineswar Skywalk is expected to be thrown open for pilgrims visiting Dakshineswar Temple, a day before Kali Puja. If everything goes as per schedule, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will unveil the skywalk on November 5.A senior official of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), the implementing agency, said that the skywalk is getting finishing touches and the load testing safety certificate for the structure has already been received. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been learnt that after the certificate was received, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim sought time from Banerjee and the November 5 date was fixed for unveiling. “Thousands of devotees visit the temple on a daily basis. During Kali Puja and the Bengali New Year, the gathering increases threefold. So, safety has been given top priority,” the official added. The skywalk project, which involves a whopping Rs 65 crore, will not only ease traffic congestion but will also ensure smooth unidirectional movement of devotees visiting the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. The temple draws 1.3 crore devotees including foreign pilgrims annually. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDesigned by architecture firm Design Forum International, the 340 metre long skywalk will offer a seamless connectivity to and from the temple. It will be bridged with elevated Dakshineswar stations – both suburban and the Metro. The skywalk is expected to have 12 escalators, 4 elevators and 8 stairways, particularly for the benefit of senior citizens, the unwell and the handicapped. The skywalk will also have space for 200 shops. Dakshineswar Temple draws pilgrims round the year and at present, the only point of access is a single 10.5 metre wide road which thousands of locals use for their commute. According to a source in the temple committee, the foundation and 150 year history of the shrine has also been encapsulated in the form of a light and sound show. The project is also scheduled to be inaugurated by Banerjee on the same day.