STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Natrang commemorated its 39th Foundation Day by organising a webinar for its artists. Founder Director Natrang, Balwant Thakur expressed his heartiest gratitude to everyone who has contributed immensely for the growth and development of this brand called ‘Natrang’.
He further said that in last 38 years, through the selfless contribution of thousands of its associates, Natrang has brought the J&K theatre to the National and International limelight and its highly acclaimed plays vibrated the theatre world and proudly travelled the whole length and breadth of the country and also crossed the boundaries of India as well and won appreciation in Russia, Germany, UK, Singapore, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, South Africa and UAE and thus established a globally acknowledged brand called Natrang. Speaking about the prevailing situation of COVID crisis, he expressed that theatre and arts have been the major victims of the onslaught of COVID-19.
Entire theatre activity of the world has collapsed. He hoped that we would come out of this crisis and the theatre would again witness pack houses buzzing with fantastic performances. Natrang was established on 15th May, 1983 with the presentation of two unique short plays Neeli Jheel’ and ‘Nanhen Kandhey Pair’ directed by Balwant Thakur at Abhinav Theatre Jammu. The actors who featured in first performance of Natrang included Vijay Atri, Aasha Arora, Arvind Anand, Mohan Singh, Prabodh Jamwal and Arun Sharma. In 38 years, the plays which vibrated the theatre scene of the country included ‘Bawa Jitto’ ‘Ghumayee’ ‘Mahabhoj’ ‘Aap Hamare Hain Kaun’ ‘Chauraha’ ‘Poster’ ‘Mere Hisse Ki Dhoop Kahan Hai’ ‘Sainyan Bhaye Kotwal’ ‘Raktbeej’ ‘Comedy of Terrors’ ‘Suno Eh Kahani’ ‘Kanjoos’ ‘Holi’ ‘Mind Games’ ‘Richard III’ ‘Choona Hai Aasmaan’ and ‘Kaun Nachaye Naach’ etc.
Director Natrang, Balwant Thakur expressed that Natrang has a dream for Jammu and a mission to establish this place as an International destination of theatre.
The Institution is all set to create an International level campus in Jammu housing an auditorium, two Studio Theatres, theatre residences, resource centre and an exclusive centre for children. On the occasion he thanked all those who contributed to the making of this historic revolutionary creative journey called Natrang and hoped that all admirers and patrons of Natrang will continue to shower their blessings.