Renowned theatre artist and director-producer Manpal Tiwana described theatre and journalism as most appropriate channels for bringing change in the society. He said that theatre and press media command immense credibility and impact because both mediums inform, educate and entertain the masses.
Interacting with students of Journalism and Mass Communication Department of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib during annual ‘Media Fest – Sahaafat 2016’, Chief Guest of the function Manpal Tiwana said that he would have been a journalist if he had not chosen the theatre.
Watching a number of documentaries and short films made by the students of the department, Manpal Tiwana shared his expertise and experiences with the students besides narrating the success stories of his father Harpal Tiwana, one of the most prominent Punjabi playwrights of all time and his mother Nina Tiwana, an actress known for movies Long Da Lishkara, Diva Balle Sari Raat, Murder Unveiled and Bhabo. He promised the journalism student that they would soon witness the play ‘Ammi’ of Nina Tiwana and Nirmal Rishi at their college.
Replying to a query raised by a student on the future of theatre in India, Tiwana said that now-a-days it was not uncommon to find leading companies and organisations supporting efforts like holding a theatre festival or carnival of plays. He said that theatre continues to attract a new brand of young and talented actors, directors and playwrights. "Although the emergence of cinema had once given an elbow jerk to the popularity of theatre as the main medium of popular entertainment, several film personalities themselves had contributed for the growth and promotion of the theatre”, he added.
Meanwhile, Vikas Juneja, Associate Director of Punjabi movie ‘Oh My Pyo Ji’ gave tips on the film making and video editing. He said that blend of talent, art and technology was always required for successful production, may it be film making or theatre.
On this occassion, Dr. Jatinder Singh Sidhu, Director Principal of Mata Gujri College welcomed the guests and Head of Department Prof. Reena Kaur Dhillon extended vote of thanks. Dr. Sidhu congratulated the department for successfully conducting the annual media fest. Chief Guest also distributed prizes to the students bagging top positions in photography, press note writing, caption writing, express yourself, on the spot writing, radio jockeying and radio news reading competitions.