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`Drama’ is back in Kashmir

Tuesday 26 July 2005

Ongoing 10-day festival shows that the State is returning to normalcy

SRINAGAR: The Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare had said in his famous play, `As you like it’: "All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances; each man in his time plays many parts."

If Jammu and Kashmir is the stage, the drama unfolding on the stage for the people of the State has for a long time been death and destruction by terrorist attacks. And the people have been poor players who end up facing and falling to bullets from the terrorist’s gun. But Kashmir is changing and slowly returning to normalcy.

And yes, theatre is also making a comeback. The ongoing 10-day theatre festival that opened here in Srinagar on July 24 brought back to the people an opportunity, to experience and feel the emotions and the fun of theatres.

Theatre lovers had a gala time, and the show was a big hit, with people from different age groups watching the plays.

Organised by the state-run television channel Doordarshan, the festival was aimed at reviving theatre in a region lacking means of entertainment. From high-pitched emotional plays to rib-tickling comedy, the festival focused on various facets of life. The audience was excited at having got the opportunity to watch the plays. "This is probably for the first time that a theatre festival of such magnitude is being organised. We are liking it very much,’’ said Shafi Khan, a member of the audience. "It’s overwhelming to see the enthusiasm of the theatre lovers here. It seems theatre will never be a fading art in the Valley,’’ said Suraya Hashmi, Director of Kashmir Cell of Doordarshan.

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