Sunita Bharti’s InfoDrama Yakshini was staged under 'Theatre in Education' (TiE) programme on the occasion of Bihar Kalā-Divas (18 October 2019) at Bihar Museum. Based on the information given through the play about Didarganj Figure, a quiz for the students of secondary and senior secondary students was organised to fathom how much students are able to learn from this InfoDrama.
Students, guardian and teachers from following 6 schools of Patna participated in this programme.
Kendriya Vidyalay No. 2, Bailey Road, Patna
DAV School, BSEB Colony, Patna
Notre Dame Academy, Patna
T. Raza High School, Patna
SS Girls High School Shastrinagar, Patna
Bankipore Govt. Girls School, Patna
Each School was represented by three students.
Soon after the play was performed, a quiz was started. The specialty of this quiz was that there was no quiz master; the actors of the play were asking questions based on the information given by the respective artist during the play.
In this program, Bihar's learned educationists, historians and archaeologists of Bihar were invited to witness the event as distinguished guests.
From Left to Right:
Dr. D. N. Sinha, Superintending Archaeologist (rtd.), ASI, Patna Circle.
Dr. Kameshwar Prasad, HoD (rtd.), Dept. of History, Patna University.
Dr. C. P. Sinha, Director (rtd.), K. P. Jayswal Research Institute, Dpt. of Edu. Govt. of Bihar.
Dr. Ratneshwar Mishra, HoD (rtd.), Dept. of History, LNMU, Drabhaga, Bihar.
The drama Yakshini showcases the true story of the discovery of Didarganj Yakshini in 1917 as well as a fictitious story within the boundary of historical facts pertaining to the circumstances leading to its creation in the third century BC. The story is fabricated so that all the facts and features (artistic, aesthetic, archaeological, historical etc.) related to this legendary icon have been described explicitly so that the audience learn and retain them easily while entertaining themselves .
This first InfoDrama of India and the first theatrical piece in public museology has been shown by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, the India's premier art research and teaching institute, on 18 May 2019 on International Museum Day due to its unique genre.
Dr. Chittaranjan Prasad Sinha said that the knowledge of heritage is source of self-respect which is the key element affecting the pace of personal and social development in a civilization. Hence imparting the knowledge of inheritance must be an essential part of education. In this regard museums play a crucial role. A museum not only displays antiquities but serves as an information bank about our past and cultural inheritance. If such information are given through a play, it becomes captivating and penetrates the mind of audience.
Dr. Umesh Chandra Dwivedi said that in the syllabus of museology there is a unit of 'museum-education' in which various topic on utility of museum as educational institution, methods of organizing educational programs by targeting audiences of different age groups, accessing museums among general public, etc. are taught. Collectively this unit is called ‘public museology’. In this regard, the play Yakshini can be considered the first theatrical presentation in this subject.
Dr. Ratneshwar Mishra said that it is surprizing that in India, the country of the oldest and best heritage of the world, there is an indifference towards the heritage among masses due to the lack of public education related to cultural inheritance. The drama like Sunita Bharti's Yakshini is certainly a praiseworthy initiative for propagating knowledge of heritage and archaeological discoveries.
According to the director Mrs. Sunita Bharti, 'Theater in Education', which started in England in 1965, has been used in primary school learning programs up to this date. Its only repertory in India is at the National School of Drama, whose activities are sporadically limited to a few primary schools. The concept of 'Theatre in Education' by Bihar Museum in collaboration with Faces Patna has been expanded for the first time to educate people about the heritages and antiquities, in which secondary and senior secondary students have participated.
According to Mrs Bharti, the Indian theatre, which is a powerful medium of public education, could not do any useful work in the field of public awareness for heritage education and conservation till the date despite getting government support. So, being a student of theatre, I’m trying to propagate the information related to our priceless heritages in masses through my InfoDrama series Heritage-Play in which the stories of archaeological discoveries and facts related to various tangible and intangible heritage are showcased.
Notre Dame Academy
Pataliputra Colony, Patna
BSEB Colony, Patna
Second Runner Up:
Kendriya Vidyalay No. 2
Bailey Road, Patna
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