|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Apr 20: The National Theatre Festival concluded here this evening with the presentation of Natrang's internationally acclaimed Dogri play 'Ghumayee' written and directed by Balwant Thakur. Organized by Natraj Natya Kunj Jammu, this first of its kind festival was supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, Haryana Kala Parishad, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Jammu. Simrandeep Singh, Chairman Services Selection Board was the chief guest on the occasion whereas Nishith Kumar Shil, Regional Passport Officer, Jammu was the guest of honour on the occasion.
Play 'Ghumayee' has already created a history for being the first Indian play which featured in Frankfurt Theatre Festival, Germany in the year 2009. It also has the distinction of having featured during the Commonwealth Games in the year 2010. Produced in the year 2000, this Dogri play has given a new intellectual identity to this part of the world. In past eighteen years, it has been staged in over 50 National and International theatre festivals and have won accolades all over.
"Ghumayee" is a play based on Dogri Folk Tale of a hilly village and opens with a 'VIDAI' scene after the solemnization of marriage and bride is being carried in a 'Doli' to her in-law's place.