Correspondent (Delhi) The National School of Drama (NSD) today felicitated 237 students of the from all over India who have completed their 3-year course at NSD between 2010 and 2019 at the convocation in the gracious presence of Hon’ble Minister of State Culture & Tourism (I/C), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel.
Former Chairman of the National School of Drama Shri Chandrashekhara Kambara, eminent theatre personality and former director of National School of Drama, Shri Ratan Thiyam and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Ms. Nirupama Kotru, graced the occasion. Acting Chairman, NSD Society, Dr. Arjun Deo Charan and Director In-charge, National School of Drama, Shri Suresh Sharma were also present along with members of the faculty and other staff. Dr. Arjun Deo Charan and Shri Suresh Sharma welcomed all the guests at the ceremony held at Abhimanch auditorium.
A total of 222 students were present to receive their diploma today for completing the course of dramatic arts from the National School of Drama (NSD). NSD is foremost theatre training institutions in the world which has been recently ranked 14th among the best film schools in the world by CEOWORLD Magazine of the USA.
“You are very lucky to be a student of NSD and I congratulate you all for achieving this. What you have learnt here will certainly make you a better person in coming days. If you look into yourself today, you will find that the person you were when you came and the person you are now are very different. When I was in-charge of Manipur, I got a chance to know Shri Ratan Thiyam personally. His contribution to Indian theatre is immense and he has been instrumental in taking the Indian theatre to the world. I salute you and this esteemed organization for your acumen and dedication to your work and this nation,” Hon’ble Minister of State Culture & Tourism (I/C), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel said to the gathering of students and other guests.
“I congratulate you all for completing the course successfully and I hope you will make the institution proud. The separation of drama from realism and following its cruder form created a cultural crisis. The National School of Drama was created to create a discipline for modern drama and has been doing it resourcefully,” says former Chairman of the National School of Drama Shri Chandrashekhara Kambara.
“I congratulate the students and the faculty members who are their biggest well-wishers. Since the beginning, NSD has been trying to bring back the many traditions of performing arts that India has. But I think time has come to rethink the institution as a central school of advanced theatre studies where practitioners can carry out research and lab work. We should make efforts to bring theatre close to the people in their own language but at the same time look at pan-Asian presence,” says former director of National School of Drama, Shri Ratan Thiyam who is also an eminent theatre personality.
“With its rich history of 60 years, the National School of Drama is one of the largest names in the Indian and world theatre. I feel very proud and confident in saying that more than half of the people in the realm on performing arts in India have their links with this esteemed organization. The theatre practitioners of look at our institution with expectations and aspirations; this increases our responsibility towards theatre. Our graduates have been fulfilling those aspirations with flair and confidence and I am sure their future works will make us even prouder. The Indian tradition of knowledge has a few stages that include assimilation of the knowledge with one’s character and spreading the knowledge among others. The institution did its part by giving knowledge to the students, now it is their turn to act and do everything that is good for people,” says Shri Suresh Sharma, Director In-charge, National School of Drama (NSD).
“The convocation ceremony is an acknowledgement of your professional expertise in the field of theatre. Theatre practitioners are the conscience-keepers of the society. My best wishes to the outgoing students,” says Dr. Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, NSD Society.