Theatre festival ‘Trikuta Natya Ustav’ begins at SMVDU

SMVDU VC and others lighting ceremonial lamp at inaugural of theatre festival on Monday.
SMVDU VC and others lighting ceremonial lamp at inaugural of theatre festival on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, Mar 13: Theatre festival “Trikuta Nataya Utsav”, began at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, here today.
SMVDU Vice-Chancellor Prof R K Sinha along with Narsingh Dev Jamwal, noted Dogri Play writer and Padama shree awardee, inaugurated the theatre festival from March 13 to 21, during which reputed Theatre groups of Jammu will perform.
Speaking at the inauguration of the festival, the Vice Chancellor said that cultural heritage is the spirit and soul of any society and the need is to project the same to the younger generation. He said that we have a rich tradition of theatre and the event will give opportunity to the students to relish the excellent performances.
Prof Sinha said that there are challenges for revival of art, culture and languages but we have to work collectively and come up with more such events. He said that the festival will provide an opportunity to the artists to showcase their talent and inspire students towards theatre.
While speaking on the occasion, Narsingh Dev Jamwal said that Jammu has notable play writers and the challenge is to do justice to their literary works. “Jammu’s theatre landscape has been enriched by noted playwriters, directors and theatre artists,” he said and paid tribute to Kavi Rattan in bringing modern theatre to Jammu and enriching the discipline of performing arts.
Many prominent theatre personalities were also present on the occasion.
On the inaugural day, the theatre group Viraj Kala Kendra performed Shah-Shahni Dogri drama enthralling the audience. The other plays that are going to be performed during the festival, included ‘Pagla Ghoda’ (Hindi) by Young Hill Thespians, ‘Bali and Shambu’ (Hindi) by Bhartiya Kaaa Sangam, ‘Teeth’ (Nukkad-Dogri) by Ranhgyug, ‘Ashad Ka ek Din’ (Hindi) .
Chairman BCA, Dr Rakesh informed about the activities to be carried out during the theatre festival.
Dr Kamni, Vice Chairman Board of Cultural Activities (BCA), in her welcome address, gave a brief about the different phases of theatre in SMVDU and urged upon all to contribute towards making the festival a success.