Srinagar, June 3 (Scoop News) – For the first time since 2009, the annual Drama Festival organized by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages took off here Monday evening with theatre lovers hailing the revival of the important cultural activity in the Valley. In all, nine Kashmiri plays will be staged in as many days at the Government College for Women, M. A. Road auditorium.
The festival began with the play’ Rath Vandai Malinyo’ presented by Kalidas Theatre Group. The play written by prominent theatre person and playwright, Makhan Lal Saraf, was directed by Ayash Aarif. A large audience including theatre persons watched the play and appreciated the performers.
Declaring the festival open, Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Khalid Bashir Ahmad said that the Academy was committed to the promotion of theatre in the State and the current festival was a significant step towards this direction. He said in March 2013, a drama festival was held at Jammu which was appreciated by the audience and theatre lovers in general. So far as Kashmir was concerned, he said, this annual activity remained disrupted for some years and it was his priority to revive the activity in the summer capital. He said although there was no restriction of language for the festival the fact that all the plays being staged are written in Kashmiri augurs well for the local language.
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