ICCR starts new series ‘Samvaad’ at Abhinav Theatre

Regional Director of ICCR J&K, Balwant Thakur, presenting a memoir to a visiting guest during a function at Abhinav Theatre, Jammu.
Regional Director of ICCR J&K, Balwant Thakur, presenting a memoir to a visiting guest during a function at Abhinav Theatre, Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 30: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Union Ministry of External Affairs in association with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) started a new series ‘Samvaad’ this evening here at Abhinav Theatre.
The first in the series featured a prominent theatre scholar/director Santanu Bose who is an authority on world drama. Local artists, writers, directors, performers and theatre lovers drawn from all over the province participated in this one of the most meaningful dialogue on theatre aimed at exposing the local talent to the emerging world practices and trends.
Earlier the Regional Director of ICCR J&K, Balwant Thakur, dwelt in detail about the concept behind this new initiative of ICCR and said that it will not be limited to theatre but will cover literature, fine arts and classical/folk arts. The idea is to expose the local talent to the genius of world of art and culture.
In ‘Samvaad’ ultimate authorities like Gulzar, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Naseer-ud-din Shah are being invited. Introducing the visiting personality to the audiences, Balwant Thakur informed that Santanu Bose is currently working as Dean Academic Affairs, National School of Drama, New Delhi.
Before beginning of the interaction programme, a small film on the life and work of Santanu Bose was also screened on the occasion. The programme was ably conducted by Anil Tickoo. The lights were looked after by Shivam Singh and the projections were done by Brijesh Avtar Sharma. The show was coordinated by Rahul Singh and Bhisham Gupta.