Chief Minister grieved over Kemmu’s demise

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Naeem Akhtar also condoles demise

JAMMU, APRIL 16: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condoled the demise of well known theatre activist and playwright, Moti Lal Kemmu.

The Chief Minister, who is also the President of J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, said the contribution of late Kemmu to Kashmiri theatre would always be remembered. She has conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.

Meanwhile, Minister for Works, Naeem Akhtar too has condoled the demise of noted playwright and theater personality, Moti Lal Kemmu who passed away Sunday.

Extending heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, Mr Akhtar prayed for peace to the departed soul. He said Kemmu’s demise is a huge loss to the State’s cultural milieu.

Recounting the great contribution of Kemmu to J&K’s cultural canvass, the Minister said that he was actively involved in preserving the age-old, dying folk theatre of Kashmir, by reorganizing Bhand artists into regular groups, who were working in the Valley under his guidance and support.

Akhtar said that Kemmu was the founder of many theatre groups like Abhinava Bharati, Kashmir Bhagat Theatre, Shahwali Lika Rang, Luka Theatre Bombay, National Bhand Theatre Wathora etc.

He said Kemmu has also written well-researched articles on folk theatre, music, dance and culture of Kashmir in Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi and English, which have been published in prestigious journals.

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