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SD Sharma, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh , July 15, 2013
Hailed as a complete artist with the creditable attributes of a classical vocalist, thespian, poet, art connoisseur and Bollywood actor, Kamal Tewari relinquished the charge of chairperson of Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi (CSNA) on Monday after a glorious innings of over eight years.

He has all reasons to go as the most satisfied person for pioneering many new programmes in the absence of the well-defined cultural policy.

While expressing gratitude to the administration, colleagues, fellow artists and mediapersons, Kamal claims to have made attempts and substantial contribution in developing City Beautiful as a cultural hub of north India.

The well-established akademi saw the emergence of new annual features like the Chandigarh theatre festival with its seven editions. Besides, regular classical music concerts featuring top music stalwarts like Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Yashpaul, Pandit Kaivalya Kumar, Venktesh Kumar, late Shanti Sharma, Shubha Mudgal, LK Pandit, Ajay Pohankar, Shruti Shidolkar, GS Rajan and local artists Harbinder Kumar, Ravinder Singh in concerts and programmes like Aai Basant Bahar, Kabeer festival, Yadon ki Kasak and Sufi soirees by Hans Raj Hans and artists from across the border.

Inter-akademi exchange projects with Sangeet Natak Academi, New Delhi, and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute, Manipur, too were initiated."I wish the akademi to grow to spectacular heights," Tewari said.