Waman Kendre, director of NSD and Abdul Latif Khatana, chief of TIE Co, believe that folk theatre and local performing arts can only survive if children take it forward.
The announcement of the festival was a proud moment for Waman Kendre, director of NSD as he believes that if performing arts - music, theatre and dance - have to grow then it is imperative to sow the seeds at a young age.
"It is necessary to incorporate these into the academic curriculum instead of being pursued as a hobby or activity," he
said drawing reference to the developed countries who have accepted theatre as a compulsory subject.
"You need not look far.
Goa has incorporated it as a compulsory subject in the curriculum," he
Both Khatana and Kendre
is of the opinion that in this age of globalisation it is necessary that we stay rooted and carry on the tradition, preserve it and propagate it further.
"Those who are truly global are locals," Kendre
said and added, "These kids, largely, hail from suburbs of the respective states but the passion with that they display is wonderful.