Importance of World Theatre Day
World Theatre Day is celebrated on 27th March, across the world, as the day is marked to spread the message of World Theatre Day International by a world-renowned personality. Every year International Theatre Institute celebrates the annual event across its institute in more than 90 countries, with institutions organising events at their respective centres to ensure the message of World Theatre Day is circulated amongst the masses.
In 1961, International Theatre Institute initiated the World Theatre Day, to mark 27th March as the day for World Theatre Day, to pay respect to the artists and encourage performing arts as a means of infotainment. Theatre has been able to bring in voices of neglected in the foray, and given a platform to artists to convey their emotions and message across to a wider audience.
International Theatre Institute, world’s largest performing art organization, has more than 90 institutes across as many countries. The ITI was founded in 1948 by various performing artists and UNESCO, especially dedicated to the betterment and protection of performing arts on the line of UNESCO’s goal.
Every year notable personalities, especially from the field of performing arts are chosen to address the World Theatre Day International message. Several events and theatre shows are held across the world in ITI member countries, to mark the value and importance of performing arts and how the governments across the world should provide free spaces for theatre groups.
Since time immemorial, theatre has acted as a platform for artists to not only showcase their talent as artists but theatre has also been a platform to take up social issues that are concerning the general public and make them aware about the situations present in front of them. It has challenged the orthodoxy present in the society and in some historical occasions theatre has been a platform for resentment against the age-old orthodoxy prevalent in the society.
In India, this year the day is being celebrated by ITI India and various theatre groups across the country just like every year. The city of Surat is organising a theatrethon (Theatre Marathon) to mark World Theatre Day, the event will start at the mid-night of 27th March and will end on mid-night of 28th March. More than 250 artists will take to the stage to showcase their talent. ‘Ranghotra- a theatre marathon’ will be staging more than 80 plays in 24 hours and that too in six different languages Hindi, Sanskrit, Marathi, Gujarati, English and Bengali.