‘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.’
When William Shakespeare penned these words down, little did he know that he would be changing the entire world’s perspective? Little did he know, that these words would carry on for centuries and be used everywhere at all times not only to describe life but art too. While Shakespeare sure compared the real world to that of the stage, the people living in the 21st Century are starting to believe that there is no difference between these two worlds. In fact, it feels that the world of theatre is slowly diminishing; now that the digital age is making wide progress every day of the year.
This, however, does not apply to everyone in the world. There still are people around the world that are not only stage artists but also theatre enthusiasts who are more than willing to keep the theatre world alive and running parallel to the real world.
School and college students always conduct an annual celebration where they have at least one play or drama as part of their co-curricular activities. But this is not where the love for theatre ends. For World Theatre Day, Kolkata saw a huge crowd taking active participation in celebrating their fondness and devotion towards theatre. The artists took to the streets, dressing up in their characters and performed various plays, acts, skits and dramas throughout the day to revive the love for theatre in people’s hearts.
It wasn’t only the common man or artists that took part in the celebrations. Well-known actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Anupam Kher also took to their social media platforms to showcase their reminiscion towards theatre. If you didn’t already know, most of Bollywood’s best actors were once theatre artists, including Shah Rukh Khan and Anupam Kher.
To celebrate World Theatre Day, Shah Rukh Khan posted a picture with his wife saying, ‘“Being with you is like being on Stage. There’s so much light, I can’t see anything else”. Curiosity to know New, Humility to accept u will never know if fully…makes u an actor. #WorldTheaterDay’
Sharing his pictures from the good ol’ theatre days, Anupam Kher wrote: ‘“All the world is a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.”:) #HappyWorldTheatreDay’
Looking at them reminiscing their time being stage actors, it shows us that no matter they left the stage world, they still remember it as the rawest and best moments of their life.
The artists of India, including our Bollywood celebrities, are definitely making sure that the world of theatre survives, and will soon become as prominent as it once was.
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