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Govt apathetic towards theatre development, feels Bratya Basu

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SILCHAR, Nov 19 - Minister of Information Technology and Electronics, Government of West Bengal Bratya Basu who is also an ace theatre personality feels that despite being a potent medium of expression, the theatre industry is lagging behind in terms of development mainly because of an apathetic approach of the Government.

Basu who formed the popular Bengali theatre group �Bengal Bratyajon� in 2008 was here on Friday ahead of a four-day theatre festival in Silchar told reporters �unlike films which portray the glossy and glamorous aspects of life, theatre has the potential to showcase the grey areas and echoes the alternate and subaltern voices. Government is apathetic towards the development of theatre and I believe the power of the medium is ignored.� He was quick to add that good theatre groups irrespective of their standpoints in projecting the issues must get financial grants.

It may be mentioned that over 100 artistes will be here to perform in the theatre festival in which popular plays like Addya Sesh Rajani, Meghe Dhaka Taara, Boma and Ruddhsangeet will be staged from November 24 to 27 . All the plays will be staged at Banga Bhawan. Local theatre group Bhabikal is organising the festival in association with NGO Ashwash.

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Govt apathetic towards theatre development, feels Bratya Basu

SILCHAR, Nov 19 - Minister of Information Technology and Electronics, Government of West Bengal Bratya Basu who is also an ace theatre personality feels that despite being a potent medium of expression, the theatre industry is lagging behind in terms of development mainly because of an apathetic approach of the Government.

Basu who formed the popular Bengali theatre group �Bengal Bratyajon� in 2008 was here on Friday ahead of a four-day theatre festival in Silchar told reporters �unlike films which portray the glossy and glamorous aspects of life, theatre has the potential to showcase the grey areas and echoes the alternate and subaltern voices. Government is apathetic towards the development of theatre and I believe the power of the medium is ignored.� He was quick to add that good theatre groups irrespective of their standpoints in projecting the issues must get financial grants.

It may be mentioned that over 100 artistes will be here to perform in the theatre festival in which popular plays like Addya Sesh Rajani, Meghe Dhaka Taara, Boma and Ruddhsangeet will be staged from November 24 to 27 . All the plays will be staged at Banga Bhawan. Local theatre group Bhabikal is organising the festival in association with NGO Ashwash.