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Natrang felicitates Foreign Scholar Devika Ranjan (Early Times)

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Early Times Report
Jammu, June 18 : Foreign Scholar who came all way from Washington DC to Jammu was given a warm send-off here today at Natrang Studio Theatre Jammu in an exclusive felicitation function. According to press release, DevikaRanjan under a grant award programme of the Georgetown University USA worked here for fifteen days and studied the work of Natrang. While trying to deeply understand the working methodology of Natrang, Devika also conducted workshops with children and young actors of Natrang. Devika Ranjan-a US citizen with Indian origin currently lives in Boston. As a visiting scholar from the United States, she had a close look study of Natrang’s use of theatre in community engagement.
She Studies at the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Washington DC where she focuses on “Human Rights, Culture, and Communication.” Devika is the recipient of the Lisa J. Raines Fellowship which sponsors her independent research; she has also been awarded the “Improving the Human Condition” grant from the School of Foreign Service. For her work in pop-up art to enliven and inspire the Georgetown community, Devika received the highest distinction in the Doyle “It is Not Enough to Refrain from Injustice” Symposium.
Devika has a strong theatrical background in acting at both a community and university level. She has directed two full-length plays, devised a work based on ethnographic poetry, and written a one-act play. Aside from theatre, Devika serves as Class Representative to the School of Foreign Service, Bollywood-hip hop fusion choreographer, and Resident Assistant in a first-year dorm.
Interested in art in post-conflict zones, Devika came to study Natrang because of its major focus on regional peace and heritage preservation. Her thrust was to explore the intersection of art and identity. During her fifteen day stay in Jammu, Devika witnessed the extraordinary globally acclaimed Dogri play “BawaJitto” which was staged at AgharJittoMela. She also had the occasion to see the production process of Natrang’s Sunday Theatre which is the only regular weekly theatre activity of this part of the country continued non-stop since last 12 years.
She closely observed the production and staging process of two plays of Sunday Theatre and also led a workshop with the Natrang actors based on improvisation and movement exercises in addition to conducting exclusive classes of Children Summer Camp-2015. Balwant Thakur’s innovative work, his methodology of creating a theatre language of images and his art of assimilation with regional performing art traditions was her major attraction.


Warm send-off given to Devika Ranjan (Jammu Kashmir Newspoint)

http://www.jknewspoint.com/newsdet.aspx?q=54225

Jammu Tawi, June 18
Foreign Scholar who came all way from Washington, DC Jammu was given a warm send-off here today at Natrang Studio Theatre Jammu in an exclusive felicitation function. The honours were done by Natrang Director, Padamshree Balwant Thakur. Devika Ranjan under a grant award programme of the Georgetown University USA worked here for fifteen
days and studied the work
of Natrang.
Expressing great joy about the visit of US scholar, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that her research visit and interactions for over a period of about 15 days has enriched the experience of Natrang actors and hoped that she will also take along lot of creative experiences and will become the Ambassador of Natrang’s work in the entire USA.
Prominent among those who were present on the occasion included Neeraj Kant, Sumeet Sharma, Mohd. Yaseen, Aarushi Thakur, Ankush Lakhnotra, Mahikshit Singh, Pankaj Verma, Rajan Thakyal, Shivam Singh, Sachin Bamba, Kritika Singh Bhau, Sarvesh Gupta, Rohit Sharma, Nitin Kumar, Raghavendra Choudhary, Rohit Kumar and Nitish Koul.


Natrang gives warm send off to foreign scholar (Daily Excelsior)

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 18: Devika Ranjan, a foreign scholar who came all way from Washington DC to Jammu, was given a warm send-off here today at Natrang Studio Theatre Jammu in an exclusive felicitation function.
The honours were done by Natrang Director, Padamshree Balwant Thakur.
Devika Ranjan under a grant award programme of the Georgetown University USA worked here for 15 days and studied the work of Natrang and its director Balwant Thakur. While trying to deeply understand the working methodology of Natrang, Devika also conducted workshops with children and young actors of Natrang.
As a visiting scholar from the United States, Devika had a close look study of Natrang’s use of theatre in community engagement. She has a strong theatrical background in acting at both a community and university level. She has directed two full-length plays, devised a work based on ethnographic poetry, and written a one-act play.
During her 15 day stay in Jammu, Devika witnessed the extraordinary globally acclaimed Dogri play “Bawa Jitto” which was staged at Aghar Jitto Mela.
She closely observed the production and staging process of two plays of Sunday Theatre and also led a workshop with the Natrang actors based on improvisation and movement exercises in addition to conducting exclusive classes of Children Summer Camp-2015.
Expressing great joy about the visit of US scholar, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that her research visit and interactions for over a period of about 15 days has enriched the experience of Natrang actors and hoped that she will also take along lot of creative experiences and will become the Ambassador of Natrang’s work in the entire USA.

NRI researcher finds Indian, Pak theatre identical (The Tribune)

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/community/nri-researcher-finds-indian-pak-theatre-identical/92974.html

Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 12– A non-resident Indian (NRI) from Boston in the USA, on a hunt to trace the theatrical nuances based on community building in Asia, has reached Jammu to study the Natrang theatre group’s endeavors in the field.Devika Ranjan, 19, originally from Kanpur and Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, USA, has been offered Raines Fellowship by the university for a study tour of India, Pakistan and Nepal to research on community building theatre activities pursued in these countries as mean of social change.“I took up my participant observant session with the Natrang theatre group, Jammu, that has done broad research work on ‘Bawa Jitto’, which is an internationally acclaimed production of the group. Also, the Ajoka theatre group of Pakistan gave me an in-depth know how on how it has helped in community building through its famous production ‘Bullah’,” said Devika Ranjan.Devika said while on her fellowship study on theatre, she had interacted with many people from Pakistan and India and found abundant similarities between the both, not on the theatrical front only, but for their longing for brotherhood and peace among themselves.“I found both the people of India and Pakistan are on the same page as far as their views on art, culture, language, food, clothing and mannerism are concerned. Like Indians, Pakistanis, too, are equally sound in presenting and performing the theatre of quality that perfectly connected to my fellowship demands,” said Devika.


Natrang’s Theatre Workshop for Children inaugurated (Daily Excelsior)

Excelsior Correspondent

Natrang Director, Balwant Thakur, inaugurating Summer Theatre Workshop for Children at Jammu on Monday.

JAMMU, June 8: Forty-days long ‘Natrang’s Summer Theatre Workshop for Children’ was inaugurated here today at Natrang Studio Theatre, Kachi Chawni with the lighting of traditional lamp by Natrang Director Balwant Thakur.
The children Theatre Camp-2015 is special as Devika Ranjan a US citizen with Indian origin would conduct classes in the first week of the workshop. She is a visiting scholar from the United States and is researching Natrang’s use of theatre in community engagement. She has a strong theatrical background in acting at both a community and university level….


 US scholar studies Natrang’s theatre work (Daily Excelsior)

Excelsior Correspondent

Devika Ranjan, a scholar from Washington DC conducting a theatre exercise at Natrang studio theatre in Jammu.

JAMMU, June 6: Devika Ranjan, a scholar from Washington DC has come all way to Natrang Jammu to study the work of  Natrang and its director Balwant Thakur under a grant award programme of  the Georgetown University USA.
Outstanding work done by Natrang that too in a lesser known place on globe like Jammu, has been the main attraction of the scholar who exclusively came to India to interact closely the entire work process and the approaches evolved by Natrang during its last 32 years of creative quests. Interestingly, the work of Natrang and it’s director  has got the global significance because of its uniqueness both in terms of content and form.
While trying to deeply understand the working methodology of  Natrang, Devika also conducted a workshop with young actors of  Natrang here today at Natrang Studio Theatre.    Prominent among those who attended the workshop included   Mohd Yaseen, Mahikshit Singh, Shivam Singh, Kritika Singh Bhau, Rshba Raina, Sanchita Dubey, Sachin Saini and Gauri Thakur.
Devika,  a US citizen with Indian origin currently lives in Boston. As a visiting scholar from the United States, she is researching Natrang’s use of theatre in community engagement. She studies at Georgetown University’s School of  Foreign Service, Washington DC where she focuses on “Human Rights, Culture, and Communication.”
Devika has a strong theatrical background in acting at both a community and university level. She has directed two full-length plays, devised a work based on ethnographic poetry, and written a one-act play.
Interested in art in post-conflict zones, Devika came to study Natrang because of its focus on regional peace and heritage preservation. She hopes to explore the intersection of art and identity.  She witnessed the globally acclaimed Dogri play “Bawa Jitto” staged  at Aghar Jitto Mela, led a workshop with the Natrang actors based on improvisation and movement exercises, and studied  Balwant Thakur’s innovative work and his art of assimilation with regional performing art traditions.
Expressing great joy about the visit of US scholar, Mr Balwant said that her research visit and interactions for over a period of about 15 days will also enrich the experience of Natrang actors and hoped that she will also take along lot of creative experiences and will become the ambassador of  Natrang’s work in USA.


Scholar from Washington DC to study Natrang’s work  (Early Times)

http://www.earlytimes.in/m/newsdet.aspx?q=151251

Early Times Report

Jammu, June 6 : Devika Ranjan a scholar from Washington DC has come all way to Natrang Jammu to study the work of Natrang and its director Balwant Thakur under a grant award programme of the Georgetown University USA.
Outstandingly different work done by Natrang that to in a lesser known place like Jammu has been the main attraction of the scholar who exclusively came to India to interact closely the entire work process and the approaches evolved by Natrang during its last 32 years of creative quests.
Interestingly the work of Natrang and its director Balwant Thakur has got the global significance because of its uniqueness both in terms of content and form.
While trying to deeply understand the working methodology of Natrang, Devika also conducted a workshop with young actors of Natrang here today at Natrang Studio Theatre. Prominent among those who attended the workshop included Mohd. Yaseen, Mahikshit Singh, Shivam Singh, Kritika Singh Bhau, Rshba Raina, Sanchita Dubey, Sachin Saini and Gauri Thakur.
Devika Ranjan a US citizen with Indian origin currently lives in Boston. As a visiting scholar from the United States, she is researching Natrang’s use of theatre in community engagement. She Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Washington DC where she focuses on “Human Rights, Culture, and Communication.”
Devika is the recipient of the Lisa J. Raines Fellowship which sponsors her independent research; she has also been awarded the “Improving the Human Condition” grant from the School of Foreign Service. For her work in pop-up art to enliven and inspire the Georgetown community, Devika received the highest distinction in the Doyle “It is Not Enough to Refrain from Injustice” Symposium.
Since arriving in Jammu, Devika has witnessed the extraordinary globally acclaimed Dogri play “Bawa Jitto” staged which was staged at Aghar Jitto Mela, led a workshop with the Natrang actors based on improvisation and movement exercises, and studied Balwant Thakur’s innovative work and his art of assimilation with regional performing art traditions.
Expressing great joy about the visit of US scholar, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that her research visit and interactions for over a period of about 15 days will also enrich the experience of Natrang actors and hoped that she will also take along lot of creative experiences and will become the Ambassador of Natrang’s work in USA.


Natrang starting Summer Theatre Workshop for Children from June 8 (Daily Excelsior)

Excelsior Correspondent

Natrang founder director Balwant Thakur addressing a press conference on Friday.

Jammu, June 5: Jammu City’s much awaited happening for Children, ‘Natrang’s Summer Theatre Workshop-2015′ is commencing from June 8, 2015 at Natrang Studio Theatre (Air-conditioned), Jammu. …
The children Theatre Camp-2015 offers a unique opportunity for Jammu Children as this year a trainer from Washington DC (USA) will conduct classes during the first week of the workshop….

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