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Uttar Pradesh State Government's Sangeet Natak Academy Confers Award On Theatre Veteran Salim Arif...

August 30, 2019 4:34:26 PM IST
MTG editorial


Thespian Salim Arif who is known for his work in Hindi/Hindustani theatre has received an award from the Uttar Pradesh State Government run Sangeet Natak Academy for his contribution to theatre direction.

On receiving the award Salim Arif thanked his friends, relatives, colleagues and mentors, among them wife and actress Lubna Salim, Javed Siddiqui, Gulzar, Ram Gopal Bajaj and the Late Habib Tanvir.

On the occasion of this award, we asked Salim Arif of how he would encourage young theatre makers, writers and actors...and he said young people have to find ways to keep theatre alive besides Sarkari grants and that they would have to find money to survive from other sources before they plunge into theatre.

When we asked him about his stand on the current nature of state repression and communalism, he said if your intentions are right, one can address these issues. He said he has never personally faced anything. According to him art cannot be a replacement for active politics...at most it can sensitise audiences. He also thinks that when art becomes activism, there will be a backlash.

The reality on ground however is that most theatre artistes anyway find their means to survive, because they know they can expect very little or nothing from the State.

Art and activism also go hand in hand.

The fundamental question therefore is : Can artistes hope to speak freely and boldly, especially today?

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