Governor N.N. Vohra inaugurated an international theatre festival, “18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2016” at Abhinav Theater Jammu here today. He was accompanied by Usha Vohra, First Lady. This festival has been organized by J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) with support from the National School of Drama (NSD). Renowned theatre personalities from America, Italy, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Kashmir and Jammu are taking part in thisin the 6 days ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’, festival. The Governor and the First Lady also witnessed a multilingual play, “Dear Children, Sincerely” which was presented by artists from Sri Lanka and Rwanda. This play revolves around the theme of disconnection among successive generations. The Governor complimented Dr. Aziz Hajini, Secretary JK Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) for providing an opportunity to people of the State to appreciate theatrical performances through a series of plays to be presented in this festival. He said that such events should be a regular feature in the State and the JKAACL should develop state of the art infrastructure and facilities for promotion of local art and artists in the State. Expressing his happiness on reopening of the Abhinav Theatre, the Governor hoped that it would again produce such high quality performances and plays in local and other languages which it used to before it shut down for repairs. The Governor also lauded the efforts of NSD in producing highly professional and quality artists. K.K. Raina, Film Maker, and Guest of the Honour, Lateef Khatana, Senior Faculty Member, NSD, in their addresses spoke about the journey of Bharat Rang Mahotsav and present scenario of theatre in the country and the State. Dr. Aziz Hajini, Secretary JK Academy of Art, Culture and Languages presented the Welcome Address while Mitali Gupta gave brief about the Play and presented a Vote of Thanks on the occasion.
2015 Kashmir Despatch