Kanhailal: I have been inspired by two theatre personalities; Grotowski and Badal Sircar. Before pioneering his own training system, Grotowski undertook a serious study on Stanislavsky method in Russia. Then he came to India to understand and study Indian theatre. Finally, he went back to establish his theatre laboratory at Poland. He conceptualized a theatre based on ‘sacrifice’, which might have derived from his Christian ideology. But he did not make it obvious. This way he created the concept of ‘Holy Actor’. Badal Sircar is also an important actor trainer, but in a different way. He is a great Indian playwright. His presentation of the middle class life of modern India gave rise to a new theatre language. Sircar wanted to connect with the common man of this country to establish a dialogue with them. So, he rejected the formal presentation and went into the market place, street corners and roads, by stripping out all the theatricalities from his presentations to make it viable for the common man. He made theatre flexible and simple and served it as a need for the society.
|Photograph of the play "Draupadi. Savitridevi in the lead character, Kalakshetra production-2009|
|Still from the play 'Pebet', Directed by Kanhailal|