NSD like school of drama to be set up in Assam

Guwahati
10 Jan 2017

Assam government has decided to establish a state school of drama on the lines of National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said here today.

"The government will establish a state school of drama on the lines of National School of Drama to provide proper training to young artistes where they can hone their dramatic skills," Sonowal said. The NSD is an autonomous theatre training institute under the ministry of culture. Addressing the closing ceremony of the 55th session of Assam Natya Sanmilan in Tinsukia, the chief minister said: "Theatre is an important art form that reflects the strengths and weaknesses of society and the young generation must be inspired to take up this art and make meaningful contribution to the society through it".  Artistes serve as the voice of people and society and the government was committed to protect their interests, the chief minister said.

Sonowal pointed out that Assam's Vaishnava saint Srimanta Sankardeva had used the medium of drama to propagate his message of unity and harmony in society and theatre activists of today must take inspiration from his ideals. He handed over a cheque of Rs three lakh to Assam Natya Sanmilan (ANS) and announced that a land would be allotted to it for setting up its permanent office at Guwahati.