PhD holders in theatres arts to get platform to enter film industry in Telangana


HYDERABAD: The film industry in Telangana will soon see the entry of doctorate holders. In a first step towards that as many as 60 PhD holders in theatres arts from Telugu University, Osmania University and Hyderabad Central University, will stage three plays at Ravindra Bharathi in the city on August 19. Predictably, all the plays will be in Telangana language.

“You cannot call it Telangana dialect because it is a language. The ‘Yuva Natakotsavam’ will provide the platform for the doctorate holders to demonstrate their talent. In a way, it will pave the way for them to enter the film industry,” said director of culture, Mamidi Harikrishna.

For those holding doctorates after having studied theatre arts for 8-10 years, the condition has been pitiable. They have neither been welcomed by the film industry because of their high educational qualifications and neither are they being promoted by any organization or companies. Officials sources said some of the Ph D holders have been driven to the point of frustration because their skills and knowledge is not being made use of.

The 60 Ph D holders from Telangana who have been identified will play and role directly or indirectly in the staging of the three plays at Ravindra Bharathi. They are skillful in setting up the stage, lighting, designing costumes, writing the script and direction.

There have always been complaints that the Telugu film industry neglected people from Telangana and even made fun of the dialect. With Telangana having become a state, authorities in Telangana are taking steps to promote the language.

In the plays that will be staged at the Ravindra Bharathi on Wednesday, the three plays, including “Razakars” will be in the Telangana language.

Apart from giving a Ph D holders in theatre arts a platform to showcase their talent so that they can get to handle film projects, the culture department has also planned folk art festivals to be organized in all the Telangana districts. The festival will kick off from Nizamabad on August 22 and will be held in subsequent days in Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar and Medak. In Hyderabad, the festival for both the city and neightbouring Ranga Reddy district will be held either on August 30 or 31.

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