Punjabi University in collaboration with Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, has organised a two-day seminar on “100 years of Punjabi theatre”, dedicated to noted playwright and director Balwant Gargi, which commenced on Thursday.
Presiding over the inaugural function, Punjabi University vice-chancellor (V-C) Jaspal Singh said theatre was the most powerful medium connected to tradition and cultural heritage.
“It helps us to highlight social evils that have corrupted our rich cultural heritage, and provides solutions to eradicate such evils,” said the V-C.
He also honoured theatre artists with the Norah Richards Award and also announced fellowships which will be conferred in the due course of time.
Sahitya Akademi secretary K Sreenivasa Rao gave a detailed account of the ups and downs in Punjabi theatre during its 100-year journey.
Rawel Singh, convenor of the advisory board of the Sahitya Akademi said theatre being directly related to people's lives showed them to follow the right path in life. He advocated the role of 'nukkad nataks' (street plays) in sensitising people about various social issues.
The department of theatre and television also staged a play titled “Mitti rudan kare”, directed by Gurcharan Singh.