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Published on : Monday, June 26, 2017
The state government with a unique initiation is all geared up to host jatras (folk theatre) in different cultural tourism hubs of Bengal. This was chalked out to make easy the restoration of jatra in front of an audience from all around the world who frequently explore these cultural spots which are rich in culture and heritage. Side by side, folk artists from nook and corner of Bengal will perform in exotic and culturally inclined tourist spots.
These folk theatres or the jatras will be the new talk of the town soon in these tourist hotspots with the new initiative adopted by the state government.
To quote Aroop Biswas, the state Youth Services and Sports minister, who is also president of Paschimbanga Jatra Academy, ‘The jatra industry had almost lost its glory. After coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee initiated measures to revive the industry. Now, the average show of each jatra is more than 100 compared to that of only 60 before our government came up with the initiative.
This year a particular jatra has set an all-time record by performing in 205 shows. Now, our target is to take jatra to a global platform. So, organising jatras at cultural hubs will be beneficial as people would get a whiff of Bengal’s soil through the state’s very own folk theatres.’