Bharat Rang Mahotsav, BHARANGAM, is the annual International Theatre Festival organised by National School of Drama, New Delhi, at different venues around the school. Theatre troupes from across the world send their entries which are reviewed by a panel of experts and around 80 plays are shortlisted for performance each year. YUVAA became the first theatre group from Punjab to be selected to perform a Hindi play, Piyush Mishra's Jab Shehar Hamara Sota Hai, at the 18th BHARANGAM, 2016. The play was performed at Kamani Auditorium to a packed hall on February 4, 2016. This has been a great achievement in YUVAA's young journey!
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held at Mumbai every year, is perhaps the greatest arts festival in India. YUVAA got the honour of being invited to perform its acclaimed production of Piyush Mishra's play Jab Shehar Hamara Sota Hai in the theatre segment, Natya Udaan, at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 2016. This was a great and rare opportunity for a theatre team from Punjab! The play was performed at the main stage in Horniman Circle Gardens on February 9, 2016.
YUVAA's latest production, Chaturangg, written and directed by Ankur Sharma, was invited for performance at the 13th Rangapeeth Natya Utsav, National theatre Festival organised by Rangapeeth, Santipur, Nadia, West Bengal. This is a prestigious theatre festival held at Santipur under the guidance of senior NSD graduate, Biswajit. Chaturangg was performed at the main stage of the festival on December 24, 2016. This was a great learning experience for team YUVAA as it travelled through Kolkata, the capital of theatre.
Bichhu, YUVAA's rib tickling adaptation of a classic Moliere comedy, was invited for performance at the 32nd Patliputra Matya Mahotsav, organised by Prangan at the Kalidas Rangalya, Patna. The play was performed at the festival on February 4, 2017 on the main stage of Kalidas Rangalya. Yet another exploring journey for team YUVAA ! Bichhu was loved and apllauded by the theatre lovers of Patna.
A shared experience, a shared action, a shared moment of joy or sorrow, a superior kind of enrichment of the mind, the soul and also the body for both, the performers and the watchers - this is what Theatre is for YUVAA and its young actors.
We at YUVAA believe that theatre is most important for a developed and civilized society because theatre preserves its culture and trends. Theatre gives language its full meaning and use. It teaches every one the art of speaking as well as the art of listening. It grooms us to become better human beings and makes us more responsive towards our social, political and economic atmosphere by training us to observe more. More and more young boys and girls should participate in and practice the art of theatre.
We are the most active multilingual theatre performing group of Punjab that performs plays in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English. YUVAA has been consistently performing plays in all of these languages since 2008. We perform existing texts, devised plays and new plays by upcoming writers.
Our plays target the Young audiences in Schools and Colleges and our productions have a very modern and post modern feel about them. We use lots of music, dance and action in our plays.YUVAA has developed its own repertory of actors. Ankur Sharma, Vikas Anand, Govind Verma, Harjit Singh, Vishesh Arora, Harish Dogra, Mandeep Kaur, Sarvpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Arusa Raman, Shaina Batta, Deepika Bhardwaj, Jeewan Jot and Anjali Mishra are some of the actors working with YUVAA Theatre from a period ranging from 2 years to 7 years.
Besides performing in Theatre Festivals of repute across the state, we perform open shows for the public at our present home town, Jalandhar, ticketted shows at the Punjab Natshala in Amritsar and private shows for institutions, NGOs, Societies and Organisations all over Punjab. YUVAA also staged Pyar Ke Is Khel Mein at the Akshara Theatre, New Delhi, in 2013.Founder, Ankur Sharma