National Theatre Festival in full swing at PNCA

ISLAMABAD: A month-long 12th National Theatre Festival 2017 was in full swing here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Auditorium, arranged in connection with the 70 years of Pakistan Independence Day celebrations.

Director General PNCA Syed Jamal Shah told APP that the objective of the Festival is to foster healthy theatrical activities by providing a National platform to the leading theatre groups in the country. He said that Theatre Groups from all over the country invited to participate in the said festival and avail a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talent at National level and share their ideas with like-minded theatre enthusiasts.–APP

He said that a total 45 stage plays would be performed and entertain the people of federal capital with their artistic talents. Theatre has been an integral part of the rich cultural tradition of the subcontinent which has been synonymous with the region’s folk tradition characterized by music and dance.

Urdu theatre grew out of the successful enactment of a play entitled Indrasabha (the Heavenly Court of Indra] written by Agha Hasan Amanat Ali in 1885. The arrival of commercial theatre in Lahore was in the early 1980s. The joint efforts of Naheed Khanum, Amanullah, Mastana and Baboo Baral ushered in the art, lively dialogues and innovative style was like a breath of fresh air for the citizens. Unfortunately, commercial theatre is now in decline even though the number of theatregoers is steadily increasing.