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JAMMU: Natrang Actor Shazia Batool has been selected by National School of Drama, New Delhi to undergo three year Post-graduation in Dramatics.
Considered to be one of the toughest selections of the country where only 26 candidates are selected from amongst 20,000 brilliant theatre aspirants, Shazia Batool has done proud to the State of Jammu and Kashmir by finding a place amongst the top in the list.
Hailing from Kargil, Shazia Batool is a product of Mubarak Mandi School and a graduate from Government College from Women, Parade Jammu. She started her acting career in Natrang in year 2011 with the play ‘Janta Pagal Ho Gayi Hai’ under the direction of Neeraj Kant. After this she acted in over 20 major plays including Great Expectations, A Man Who Married a Dumb Wife, Oliver Twist and Roshomon directed by Aarushi Thakur Rana, ‘Bawa Jitto’ directed by Balwant Thakur, Richard-III directed by Ashiesh Nijhawan and Tangled Knots directed by Abhishek Bharti.
Shazia was also a part of Balwant Thakur’s highly acclaimed show ‘Celebrating Diversity’ which was featured in London UK.
Shazia Batool is the eighth Natrang actor who made it to National School of Drama.
To celebrate this rarest success, a function was organised at Natrang Studio Theatre in which Shazia Batool was felicitated for her new accomplishment by Natrang Director Balwant Thakur.
Complimenting Shazia Batool, Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that selection of Shazia has established the fact that there is no dearth of talent in the State of Jammu and Kashmir but only requires a professional platform for their grooming and talent exploration which Natrang is doing with full consistency since last thirty six years now. He hoped that after training, Shazia Batool will come back to the State and will strengthen and enliven the movement of theatre out here in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Among those who attended the felicitation function include Anil Tickoo, Neeraj Kant, Sanjeev Gupta, Sumeet Sharma, Mohammad Yaseen, Gauri Thakur, Rahul Singh, Shivam Singh, Ashley Mehta, Meenakshi Bhagat, Vrinda Sharma, Vanshika Gupta, Mahikshit Singh, Mohit Kaul, Goutam Sharma, Abhi Bargotra and Gautam Kumar.
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