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SRINAGAR: Kashmir Folk Theatre association-an amalgamation of Thirty-two traditional theatre groups of Kashmir today felicitated eminent theatre director Padamshree Balwant Thakur and the theatre group Natrang for infusing a new life to the dying performing tradition of Kashmir. Balwant Thakur has just completed a series of twenty vibrant shows of Bhand Pather spread over the larger part of Kashmir valley.
Terming Balwant Thakur as a saviour of the culture of Kashmir, particularly the traditional performing arts, the President of the association Ghulam Mohi-Ud-Din Aajiz said that he rejuvenated the entire Bhand Pather tradition by supporting the creation, scripting, production and presentation of 60 (Sixty) new plays in Bhand Pather style in last over three years.
History has never witnessed this kind of huge initiative aimed at preservation, promotion and propagation of the traditional performing arts of Kashmir. Prior to this the traditional practioners of Bhand Pather have been engaged only in the practice of performing traditional themes, but he trained a team of over one thousand traditional performers to incorporate contemporary themes and also improve the affectivity of the performances by using latest developed techniques of presentation. Now Bhand Pather plays are witnessed having reflecting the contemporary harsh realities of Kashmir. Interestingly Bhand players are now discussing corruption of all kinds, environment, women empowerment, politics, drug-de addiction, cultural degeneration, humanitarian issues, insurgency, poverty, peace and development in the new movement of Bhand Pather. Courtsey this new initiative of Balwant Thakur and his team of professionals including Mohd. Yaseen, Manzoor-ul-Haq and Shahjahan-e-Bhagat, the Bhand Pather now has attained the ability to give voice to the voiceless and be the true aspiration of the common masses.
This new meaningful theatre is now raising the concerns of suppressed class of Kashmiri society. On the occasion, Mohi-ud-din also thanked Sangeet Natak Akademi for its continued support to the cause of the performing arts of Kashmir. He also thanked all the senior theatre practioners of modern theatre.
The groups which the Kashmir Folk Theatre association represents include, National Bhand Theatre, Valley Folk Theatre, Karam Buland Folk Theatre, Kashmir Bhand Theatre, Luk Pather Centre, Damodar Folk Theatre, Nund Reshi Folk Theatre, Sheesh Mahal Folk Theatre, Hayat Bhagat Theatre, Baba Reshi Folk Theatre, Katreshi Folk Theatre, Gulistan Bhagat Theatre, Sultan Bhagat Theatre, Gulmarg Folk Theatre, Sharda Folk Theatre, Wullar Theatre, Alamdar Folk Theatre, Daastan Theatre, Kirmaani Bhagat Theatre, Mani Shah Folk Theatre, Kashmir Bhagat Theatre, Dilkash Folk Theatre, Bomai Bhand Theatre, Bomai Luk Theatre, Folk Rooma Reshi Theatre, Manasbal Folk Theate, Gandola Theatre, Nounihaal Bhagat Theatre, Arnimaal Folk Theatre, Malik Badshah Folk Theatre, Yusmarg Folk Theatre and Alamdar Bhagat Theatre.
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