The Indian tradition welcomed all noble thoughts and ideas and saw art as a divine source, said Prof.V. Kannan, Pro Vice Chancellor, UoH, in his inaugural speech of the 7th Indian Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) conference held at Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication. The three day conference from January 28 to 30 was organized by Department of Theatre Arts.
In his keynote address, Prof. S. Ramanujam, renowned theatre person and former Professor of Drama in Tamil University, gave emphasis on theatre being an “act of accumulating punya.” He further spoke about the positive impacts on Indian theatre during the colonial era and how the “modern Indian theatre has lost its soil.”
The guest of honor for the event, Prof. Ravi Chaturvedi, President for the Indian Society for Theatre Research, hoped to provide finance for the researchers in the field of theatre and initiate towards bridging the gap between practice and theory. Prof. B. Ananthakrishnan, Head of the Theatre Arts Department, spoke about how the institution of ISTR brought a turning point to research in theatre academics.
The event was presided over by Prof.Vinod Pavarala, Dean of SN School; Prof. Brian Singleton, President of the International Federation for Theatre Research; Associate Prof. Rajiv Velicheti; Dr. Anuradha Kapoor; Prof. B. P. Sanjay; and Prof. H. S. Shivaprakash were also present.