NTAS thanks CM for approving 2 Art Projects for Patiala
Patiala-National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) Patiala in cooperation with Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust observed NTAS 208th Monthly Garden Theatre Presentation as “Sawan Awareness Theatre Festival” at Baradari Gardens, theatre complex, here.
Chief Guest Shivdular Singh Dhillon IAS D.C. Fatehgarh Sahib inaugurated the festival. He said Chief Minister Punjab Capt. Amrinder Singh had approved two new public welfare art projects for Patiala. These include establishing of Cultural Centre-amphy theatre at the old building of the office premises of Chief Engineer Public Health Dept., the Mall, Patiala and the other setting up Medal Gallery Exhibition Centre for free Public entry at Mohindra Kothi, Mall Road, Patiala.
He added that the Cultural Centre-amphy theatre, a novel gift to Patiala as a fulfillment of NTAS’ long standing demand would facilitate low-budget theatre productions with much ease to create fresh talent and audiences. He said he had long association with Monthly Garden Theatre movement, first of its kind in India since its inception in 2001 and was happy to note that it had covered 208 monthly theatre festivals till date despite odds, for which, he complimented the zeal and zest of duo Pran Sabharwal – Sunita Sabharwal, President G.S. Kakkar, members and artists.
He gave away cash awards to 20 artists, the participants of the programme. Ntasians President G.S. Kakkar, Sabharwals and members presented NTAS’ prestigious Bhagat Munshi Ram Award of honour “memento, shawl, bouquets and gifts to the chief guest Shivdular Singh Dhillon, the guests of honour, socialites Shyam Lal Navyug, Harinder Singh Darshi Sabharwal and Er. Amrik Singh Gill. The main attraction of the festival “Punjabi Haas Raag Rang”, a three hour programme of music, dance, drama and humour, was Punjabi Play “Avaisle Yuddhan Di Naika” by Ajmer Aulakh, a powerful social satire against drug abuse, which was ably enacted by NTAS’ team of artists. NTAS director Pran Sabharwal, President G.S. Kakkar expressed gratitude to CM. Punjab Captain Amrinder Singh, dignitaries, patrons and associates like philanthropist Dr. S.P. Singh Oberoi (Dubai), D.C. Patiala Kumar Amit, IAS, Chairman Baradari Gardens Maintenance Committee, SBI Manager HNI Branch Leela Bhawan Charles Martin Tirkey, Avinash Mehta, Ajit Arts and NTAS members M.S. Jaggi, architect Jagmohan Singh Bedi, Subhash Malik and all artists for help and guidance.