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    Expect four genres at this year’s Campus Theatre Ensemble

    IN THEIR second edition (the first was in August 2012), Crea Shakti presents Campus Theatre Ensemble, a collection of plays by different colleges. On the occasion of their anniversary which falls on March 23 and also coincides with theatre week, Dushyanth Gunashekar, the creative director of Crea Shakti, thought of an ensemble performance. “We wanted a performance and an interaction between the young artistes whom we support,” he says. In fact, all the proceeds from this show will go to an annual award that the team is putting together—Crea-Shakthi Award for Creative Excellence (ACE). An initiative started this year, it provides cash support and recognition to youngsters and organisations who have promoted socio-cultural growth in the city. This year, Crea-Shakti is supporting Becoming I foundation for their project Leap, an initiative for children.

    Crea Shakti has had 25-30 college productions and has collaborated with 21 colleges across India. According to Gunashekar, Women’s Christian College has been consistent with good performances. However, there is a notion that these colleges only take up rom-coms and do not experiment with other genres, for which  Gunashekar, responds, “I think we  have trained them all enough to realise theatre is no longer about this genre (rom-coms) as against the other. These campus groups are mature enough to take on any genre and are open to anything—this ensemble itself has political satire, comedy, absurd and tragedy.”

    At the Music Academy Mini Hall, on March 23, at 3 pm and  6 pm. Tickets at Rs. 200. Details:  9962937552, bookmyshow.com

    —Mrinalini Sundar

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