A baby dinosaur, a lonely boy and a trio of Mexican clowns who fix a lighthouseat a theatre festival this coming week
An international network that has been slowly making its presence felt in India over the past decade is the ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Théâtre de l’Enfance et la Jeunesse). It is a collective which links thousands of theatres, organizations and individuals through national centres in 84 countries. Founded globally in 1965, it has been operational in India since 2004. In 2014, the first Tifli International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) was held in Delhi under the aegis of the India chapter. In its third edition this year, the festival expands to three cities: New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad (which hosted a satellite event last year as well). In Mumbai, the festival will showcase six plays over three days, at venues in Prabhadevi and Matunga. The events come packaged with short interactive sessions. There are also ancillary events like workshops for children, teachers and TYA practitioners.