Jammu Actor Tarun brought laurels to J&K for his outstanding performance in a play

Tarun Sharma, a Jammu-based actor brought laurels to the Jammu and Kashmir State when he was awarded for his outstanding performance in play ” Khol Do” which was staged at Mysore Auditorium, Matunga , in Mumbai recently.

He was awarded a merit certificate for his outstanding performance in the play. A multi-faceted personality, Tarun is also exhibited his performance as model, writer, director, anchor and a ace karateka.Besides being associated with various cultural Groups, Tarun is President of Nat Manch, 2nd Dan Black Belt in Karate and President Jammu Distt Karate Association. Recently, his book ‘Mahatma Tilak Ke Jeeveni and Bajan’ was released.

The play, directed by JR Sagar and based on Saadat Hassan Manto’s short story “Khol Do,” was staged during the fourth National Urdu Drama Festival organised by Kirdar Art Academy, Mumbai.Surinder Manhas composed the music for the play, Shammi Dhamir did the make-up, Aaditya Bhanu did lights and costumes, while Rajneesh Gupta,troupe manager, managed the set and the property.

Santosh Sangra, Sapna Soni, Luxmi Tagotra, Ajay Paul Singh, Rajesh Raina, Aaditya Bhanu, Sunil Sharma and Sudesh Thakur were the actors who performed in the play.

National Urdu Drama Festival was organized from March 27 to April 1 inthe Mumbai, where eight plays by theatre groups from all over the country were performed. Besides Jammu, teams from Mumbai, Delhi,Bhopal and Jaipur also performed in the five days festival.This year’s festival was dedicated to AK Hanghal and Dinesh Thakur,both of whom passed away last year.

AK Hangal was an Indian freedom fighter, stage actor, and a character actor in Hindi films, who died on 26 August 2012. Dinesh Thakur too was a noted Indian theatre director, actor in theatre, television and Hindi film, who died on September 20, 2012.

“This national Urdu festival was a tribute to two eminent personalities of the theatre world, both of whom unfortunately passed away last year,” said Tarun Sharma.

Both Dinesh Thakur and AK Hangal were in many ways associated with Urdu literature and Urdu drama. AK Hangal in fact used to read and write in Urdu language itself.Kirdaar Art Academy, a Mumbai based group of theatre enthusiasts,comprising of famous writers, intellectuals, renowned poets, social workers and prominent members of teaching fraternity, which for the last 28 years is creatively engaged in social, cultural and educational activities.

On the last day, people with theatre, film, education and social backgrounds were felicitated. Film and theatre actors Nasiruddin Shah
and Farooq Sheikh, former Director of National School of Drama Ram Gopal Bajaj, Nadira Babbar and Ramesh Talwar amongst others also
participated in the festival.

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