|Early Times Report
REASI, Sept 23: The vibrant tradition of folk theatre is taking center stage at GZSM Degree College, Reasi, as a 10-day workshop is currently in full swing. This remarkable cultural event is being jointly organized by Triple "A" Performing Arts Reasi and Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
The 5th day of this immersive workshop witnessed participants engaging in a creative exploration of the Dogri play titled "Mela Basoye Da," penned by the esteemed Sahitya Akademi awardee, Raj Rahie. The talented participants, working diligently in groups, delved into scene creation through improvisations and acting exercises, focusing on body movements, voice quality, and set designing. Guiding them through this artistic journey were experienced mentors, including Akram Khan, Raj Rahi, Rajesh Ajnabi, Shadab Khan, Neha Chouhaan, and Raja Amir.
Shadab Khan and Raj Rahi, enthusiastic about the workshop's impact, emphasized its unique value for the district. They expressed optimism that this platform would unearth extraordinary talents within the participants, who are experiencing such an opportunity for the first time in their lives.
Raja Amir Khan also shared his thoughts during the event, highlighting the importance of providing fresh talent with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with age-old cultural traditions, costumes, rituals, and languages.
Approximately 35 students were selected to participate in this enriching workshop, where they could hone their theatrical skills and cultural awareness. Among these talented individuals are Autal Kumar, Neeraj Kumar, Avinish Thappa, Mohd Munir, Akshay Kumar, Sajid Saleem, Mohinder Kumar, Pallvi Thappa, Garima Dogra, Priya Devi, Kajal Thappa, Isha Devi, Priya Kumari, Samriti, Palak Atri, Nilakshi Devi, Priyarka Devi, Vasudha Rajput, Anjali Devi, Priya Kumari, Akshay Kumar, Vikrant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Ambika Soni, Nidhi Singh Thakur, Shivani Nag, Anshu Parotra, Vishali Rajput, and Khushi Devi, along with Anil Thakur, Vijay Singh, and Lalit Singh.
Kishor Atri played a crucial role as the coordinator of the entire workshop, ensuring its smooth execution.
The President of Triple "A" Performing Arts Reasi applauded the initiative, recognizing its potential to foster and showcase local talent while preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of the region. This workshop promises to be a catalyst for nurturing artistic expression and further enriching the cultural fabric of the community.