After struggling for years to achieve our goals, we now have the rare opportunity to practice what we have been dreaming – to set up a Theatre Laboratory-cum-Institute.
We recently received a 12-cottah plot of land from the Government of West Bengal at a prime location in Salt Lake in East Kolkata (DD 27/B, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700 091 ), where this dream can take shape. The Laboratory-cum-Institute will provide opportunities for learning:
- WORDS: Better communication through an enlightened initiation into language and literature and skills of diction, recitation and expression
- MOVEMENT: The art of Dance, Mime and Movement to discover the poetry of body
- SOUND: Music and Sound to befriend the world of notes
- IMAGES: Painting, Sculpting, Graphics, etc. and
- COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: Idioms of communication.
It will have space for training, workshop, rehearsals and performances and also house a library of books, periodicals and audio and video cassettes/CDs, photographic/audio/video studios, guest rooms and dormitories, canteen.
We have a G+ five-storied building in mind, with about 27,000 sq ft of working space.
… and an Appeal
Even on a modest estimate, the cost will be about Rs 2.00 crores. Few cultural organizations have the wherewithal to fund such a big venture. Nandikar is no exception. But we are determined. For years we have saved bit by bit, and we are ready to make a start – but only a start.
And we are eternally hopeful. Many of you have always been generous towards us. But this time our demand on your generosity will be a little more as the ambition we are collectively pursuing goes beyond theatre. We know it is not necessary to say we shall acknowledge your help in a befitting manner. But we may add that donations to Nandikar are exempted under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. We are a registered organization under the relevant Government provisions to receive contributions from foreign institutions and agencies.
So if you think this endeavour deserves your kind inputs, please write to us. We are eagerly waiting.