World Theatre Day is celebrated on March 27 every year for those who can see the value and importance of the art form theatre and acts as a wake-up call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth. It was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute ITI.  The first message was spoken by Jean Cocteau. Do you know that this message is translated into over 50 languages and printed in hundreds of newspapers? Through several institutions, this message was broadcast to all corners of the world. ITI has more than 85 centers throughout the world; it also encourages colleges, schools, theatre professionals to celebrate this day. Also Read - World Theatre Day 2018: Bollywood Celebrities and Political Leaders Wishes Everyone #WorldTheatreDay on Twitter

World Theatre Day is celebrated to make people aware of the importance of the value of the art form. To enable the dance and theatre communities to promote their work on a broad scale. To make aware opinion leaders about the value of these forms and support them. To enjoy the art form for its own sake. Also Read - World Theatre Day 2018: Importance, Celebrations and All You Need to Know About the History of Drama and Fine Arts

On this day, various national and international theatre events are organized to mark the occasion, but many events are local with the purpose of drawing attention to theatre and international harmony. However, no celebrations will be done today as most of the countries in the world is shut amid coronavirus pandemic.

Talking about the first Indian talkie, Alam Ara (1931). The film gave the medium of cinema a voice. It was a period fantasy about an ageing king & his two rival queens. The film took months to make because of hazardous recording conditions & the secrecy surrounding the project.