Making arrangements for “hot, cold and normal water” and getting dirty chairs cleaned can also be counted as achievements if one goes by the list of Independence Day awardees released by the Chandigarh Administration.
These achievements have been quoted in the citation of Kuldeep Sharma, former director of Tagore Theatre who was relieved from his post in July this year.
As per Sharma’s citation, there were no changing rooms in the green rooms and he got these constructed. The citation reads, “Also, there were no bulbs on the mirrors in the green room for doing make-up, the same were got fixed. There was no rehearsal space for the artists in the theatre. A festival on Tagore’s work was organised for 11 days to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Guru Rabindranath Tagore. There was no place to sit outside the auditorium. There was no arrangement for drinking water inside the green rooms, which has now been made. The stage was not polished for the last so many months which has been polished twice during his tenure.”
It further reads, “The chairs of the main hall were very dirty and the same have been got cleaned twice during his tenure. Arrangements for hot, cold and normal water are there in the green room.”
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Sharma said that when he joined as the director, there were no basic facilities at the Tagore Theatre. “These basic facilities were not there at the Tagore Theatre. But I made them available in these five years,” he said.
When contacted, UT Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal said, “I will just get the citation changed. In fact, Kuldeep Sharma has been responsible for a lot of changes at the Tagore Theatre. He brought in modernisation and there were a number of events that were initiated during his tenure. He has worked really hard and contributed a lot towards culture. That is why he is being awarded.”