Solapur: There is a need of regional level Urdu drama competitions and regular workshops for Urdu drama writers, directors and other technicians to brush up their skills, demands veteran dramatist Raja Bagban.
61 year old Raja Sahab Ahmed Sahab Bagban is a well-known Urdu drama personality of Maharashtra state since last four decades. With his exceptional contribution in 55 dramas, He directed 40 dramas and wrote 15 one act plays.
He received prestigious lions club’s life time achievement award for his outstanding contribution in the field of dramas, recently. The award function was held in Solapur and ex. MLA Prakash Yalgulwar handed over the award in presence of other dignitaries.
Speaking exclusively with TheShahab.com Raja Bagban said, “TV serials, movies are badly hitting the stage acts and taking audience away from theaters. To improve this miserable condition Urdu stage acts need extra attention from Maharashtra State Urdu Sahitya Academy”.
Theater is one of the rich source of highlighting society’s problems in an effective way, it can also run various awareness campaigns, says Bagban.
He further informed that Urdu Sahitya Academy used to conduct regional level drama competitions earlier, which was boon in promoting competitive spirit among stage artists as well as providing good platform to showcase their abilities. But nowadays, Academy organizes only one state level drama festival, complains Bagban.
Upon contacting, Academy CEO Shoaib Hashmi said that currently Academy is carrying 12 schemes including drama festivals, provision of books to libraries, awards to Urdu poets, teachers etc. Workshops for artists and other aspirants are under consideration and can be included in next financial year planner.
Intekhab Alam, a teacher and dramatist from Junnar, Pune while endorsing Bagban’s demand said, “It is unfortunate to see an experienced and veteran dramatist like Raja bhai does not get opportunity to groom young talents”. We have many good script writers and artists in every city but they need platform and that should be provided to them, Intekhab adds further.
(The story is co-authored by Rukhsana Shiledar)