JAMMU, AUG 3: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in association with Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi and J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages organised a unique programme ‘An Interaction with Ratan Thiyam’ – a world theatre personality here at Abhinav Theatre, Jammu. Primarily attended by the theatre practioners of the state of Jammu & Kashmir this historic programme featured film on the works of Ratan Thiyam highlighting his world acclaimed plays like ‘Chakarvyuha’ ‘Uttarpridarshi’ ‘When we dead awaken’ and ‘Nine Hills one Valley’, felicitation of Ratan Thiyam by ICCR and an engrossing, enriching talk by the visiting director followed by a healthy interaction.
Earlier, Regional Director ICCR J&K Balwant Thakur, in his welcome address, termed it a life-time opportunity for the local artists, writers, performers and the intellectuals to interact with a multi-faceted world personality. With his sheer hard work, commitment, foresighted vision Ratan Thiyam took the theatre of India rooted in the soil of Manipur to global heights. He hoped that his interaction with local artists will broaden their vision will inspire many to scale new heights in the field of arts, theatre and performing arts. Introducing him further Balwant Thakur informed that Ratan Thiyam is an Indian playwright and theatre director, and the winner of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987, one of leading figures of the “theatre of roots” movement in Indian theatre, which started in the 1970s.
Presently he is working as Chairperson of prestigious National School of Drama. Ratan Thiyam’s tireless effort for perfection, his fascination with ‘war and peace’ and his obsession with ‘peace in the world’, which invariably is the theme recurring in most of his plays, have made him invincible.
Later Ratan Thiyam spoke at length about his vision and global view of theatre. This followed by a highly intellectually stimulating discussion.