“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.”
These lines by William Shakespeare from his play As You Like It remains relevant even till this date. The world not only resembles a stage, the stage often becomes a microcosm of the world, at large. The importance of plays and theatres cannot be denied. Often times, the plight, sorrow, helplessness exhibited by the actors on stage closely mirrors our life. In order to emphasise its importance, every year on March 27, World Theatre Day is celebrated. Initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the day is annually celebrated by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. On this day, several national and international theatre events are organised. Upon being invited by ITI, a celebrated figure of world stature their reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace and circulate World Theatre Day message, which, is considered one of the most important events of commemoration. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962. Playwright Nina Lee Aquino will deliver the message this year.
On this day, people on social media are not only extending their wishes and gratitude to the artistes, but many are also sharing pictures of their favourite theatre groups. While one wrote, “#WorldTheatreDay theater was created to tell the truth about life,” another wrote, “A stage play ought to be the point of intersection between the visible and invisible world.”
Here are some of the tweets.
Wish u happy #worldtheatreday to all actors n artists. ✌️
— Manoj Kumar (@BharatKumar1857) March 27, 2018
More than 5000 years ago…
India had already well defined the art of Theatre in Nav (9) Rasas :
Shringar – romantic
Hasya – humour
Karuna – empathy
Raudra – anger
Veer – heroic
Bhayanak – fearful
Vibhatsa – nasty
Adbhut – wonderful
Shant – peaceful#worldTheatreDay
— Dheeraj Patil (@dheerajpatil050) March 27, 2018
#WorldTheatreDay theater was created to tell the truth about life.
— Aparna Uniyal (@aparna_uniyal) March 27, 2018
World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute ITI. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962. Ever since its celebrated all over the world on 27th March..
Wishing all artists Happy WORLD THEATRE DAY#worldtheatreday
— Mayura Patodkar (@mayurapatodkar) March 27, 2018
Some even shared pictures of their own theatre groups.
— Aarti Sharma (@Aartiii_) March 27, 2018
On #WorldTheatreDay today, sharing a strong & beautiful memory of 26 yrs ago of the same day in Udaipur. March27, 1992. Those were the days when I was significantly involved in theatre.. For World Theatre Day, our group decided to do a full day of Street Plays in d City #Thread pic.twitter.com/GsnfwRV2af
— Pavan Jha (@p1j) March 27, 2018
How are you celebrating World Theatre Day? Tell us in the comments below.