Cur­tain Call

India Today - - BEST OF INDIA - By Ir­rfan Khan, ac­tor

The ex­cite­ment I felt when I first walked to the National School of Drama ( NSD) has never quite di­min­ished. My three years spent here are the ones that honed me as an ac­tor be­cause study­ing theatre at this in­sti­tu­tion is a dis­cov­ery of life, rather than just the dis­cov­ery of an art form. NSD re­mains the most im­por­tant place in the coun­try for ac­tors, writ­ers, di­rec­tors, and con­nois­seurs and dilet­tantes, be­cause it is the one place where theatre is taught and per­formed for the right rea­sons. Not for com­mer­cial gain but for pro­fes­sional and artis­tic sat­is­fac­tion. The great­est plays ever writ­ten have all been staged at NSD, and the body of work of some of its il­lus­tri­ous alumni, of which I am only a small mem­ber, speaks for it­self. This is the place where the finest ac­tors of In­dian theatre and cin­ema— from Om Shivpuri to Naseerud­din Shah to Pankaj Ka­pur— trained. NSD is per­haps one of the rea­sons why there is some sense of truth left in In­dian sto­ry­telling. It re­mains rel­e­vant even to­day as a place to study, per­form, and watch theatre in.

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