The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to introduce Theatre Studies as an elective subject in Class eleven , right from the current academic session 2013-14.
The subject will be introduced as a pilot course on the first come first serve basis. It is an open truth that theatre is one of the strongest mediums of expression and this could help students come out of their closet.
The subject will have a seventy mark theory paper with thirty marks for case study based project and viva voice. The course will introduce to theatre as an art form, will teach them different dramatic forms and styles, theatre architecture, history of Indian theatre, Asian theatre, western theatre and even the links between Indian theatre and films.
As part of the theatre theory, students will study the works of Vijay Tendulkar, Mohan Rakesh, Dharmveer Bharti, Badal Sarkar, Shankar Shesh, Girish Karnad, Chandrashekhar Kambar, Rabindranath Tagore and Bhartendu Harishchandra. They will also "review" Indian theatre organizations such as National School of Drama and Sangeet Natak Academy.