The Assam Government has decided to establish a State School of Drama on the lines of the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal confirmed in Guwahati on Tuesday.
‘The government will establish a State School of Drama on the lines of the 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, Sonowal said, ‘Theatre is an important art form that reflects the strengths and weaknesses of society and the younger generation must be inspired to take up this art and make meaningful contribution to society through it.’
Artistes serve as the voice of people and society and the government is committed to protect their interests, the Chief Minister said. He 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.