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Theatre not secondary to films, says Seema Biswas

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Seema Biswas

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Seema Biswas, film and theatre persons, said here on Tuesday that theatre was a strong medium capable of effectively portraying social issues.

She was speaking at an open forum held as part of the National Theatre Festival being organised by the Information and Public Relations Department here.

She said theatre was in no way secondary to films, and whatever the medium, the thrust on humanity was the most important aspect.

Ms. Biswas said that it was possible for her to act in a Malayalam drama by overcoming the language barrier through voice modulation and body language. Asked if she preferred portraying strong characters, Ms. Biswas replied that she was striving to obliterate such distinctions.

K.G. Jyothish, director of the drama Macbeth, said that an open- minded approach towards experiments in theatre was necessary. Speaking at a ‘face-to-face’ programme organised as part of the National Theatre Fest, Mr. Jyothish said people had started accepting new experiments in dance and theatre.

“Use of video projections in drama was started in Europe in the 70s. There is no harm in using new techniques in drama as long as it does not affect the essence of the play,” he said. He said there was an attitude of defiance towards experiments in Malayalam theatre today.

He had experimented with new techniques in Macbeth, keeping intact the essence of the Shakespearean play.

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