The dream of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to have a state-run drama school on the lines of National School of Drama (NSD) promoting folk theatre and others arts of central India has finally taken shape. Exclusive to promote theatre as a vocation, the first state government-run school will be inaugurated in Bhopal on June 17 by senior BJP leader L K Advani. Theatre personality Vani Tripathi, the Madhya Pradesh Drama School will offer one, two and three year courses. A batch of 25 students have been selected for the first course starting in July. Apart from courses in Indian classical theatre, modern Indian theatre and Western drama, the school will specialise in folk drama of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, tribal dance and folk story tellers. “The focus of the school will be preserve, protect and restore the dying arts of Bundelkhand, Baghelkhand, Malwa and Nimaad and as well as cover modern areas like film and television,” Tripathi said. The school's advisory body includes theatre luminaries such as Bansi Kaul, Mahesh Dattani, Sanjna Kapoor of Prithivi Theatre, NSD director Anuradha Kapoor and natyashastra expert Kamlesh Dutt Tripathi.