Like a farmer needs a piece of land for cultivation, an artist needs its own space to nurture its creativity. In a country, where contemporary theatre is still in its infancy, where practising theatre is considered a taboo in many parts, where the very word “Theatre” creates the image of cinema hall, we strongly felt the need for a space where the artist and people can meet each other.
In 2011, “Salle de Jeanne d’Arc” also known as “Pathe-Cine Familial” – an 80 year old French Cinema Theatre with a cemetery and a school as its neighbours, crossed our lives at the right moment infusing fresh oxygen to Indianostrum when we were at the verge of perishing without a space to work. We cannot thank enough Reverend Father and dignitaries of Our Lady of Angels Church, who had agreed to offer the Salle de Jeanne d’Arc to us for our pursuit of theatre.
On the 1st of January 2012, Indianostrum stepped inside Pathe-Cine Familial carrying broom sticks, paint brushes and eyes full of dreams. Sadanam P.V.Balakrishnan, gave life to our newly built stage through his wonderful performance. In the year 2012, we managed to have around 60 public performances at the theatre.
2013 proved to be a critical year both for the troupe and theatre. The Theatre space was suffocating without enough performances while the troupe was struggling to strengthen the team. As in the Greek stories, where one tragedy leads to another, a major fire accident hit the Theatre on the 10th of December. The entire theatre space was gutted down by fire. When we stepped over the burnt remains floating in the water gushed out by the fire department, our eyes were looking for the dreams with which we entered in 2012 for we knew we needed to build them again.
This time we were joined by a massive force of friends and wellwishers across the globe; their unconditional and unwavering support encouraged and inspired us to be back on our feet to do what we love the most – Theatre!