Gaiety promises exciting summers in Shimla,Balwant Thakur returns after 22 years

Summers are going to be a busy time for Shimla’s theatre enthusiasts as historic Gaiety Theatre,which opened last year after six-year long restorations,promises almost daily action.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published: February 19, 2010 11:48:06 pm

Weeklong theatre festival Rang Prathibha begins from February 23

Summers are going to be a busy time for Shimla’s theatre enthusiasts as historic Gaiety Theatre,which opened last year after six-year long restorations,promises almost daily action.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Balwant Thakur will be in Shimla for a week from February 23 for Sangeet Natak Akademi’s theatre festival Rang Prathibha being held at the Gaiety almost after two decades.

State’s Principal Secretary (Tourism,Language,Art and Culture) Manisha Nanda said the initiative is part of an effort to revive Gaiety and give opportunity to actors to showcase their talents.

Thakur,who returns to Shimla after 22 years,is thrilled to see action at the Gaiety. “I feel nostalgic about being invited as an expert. Last time I visited the city was in 1988,when I stayed here for six months and designed and directed a musical opera,Himachal,on the cultural history of the state.”

Balwant has won the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for direction in theatre,besides several other national and international awards.

“I have staged several production across the world in cities like London,Stratford,Oxford,Brighton,Berlin,Frankfurt,Rome,Copenhagen,Moscow,Belgrade,Bangkok,Singapore,Malaysia,Dubai,Sharjah and Dhaka,” he said.

At present,he heads a national institution of performing arts,Natrang,in Jammu.

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