Veda Rakesh, member of the national committee of IPTA, was also present at the ceremony. ‘We started our journey together years ago. We have been collaborating since a long time, and I feel proud that he has worked with me on some plays which I had directed’, said Veda ji. She has been playing the role of Vrinda in the play ‘Bramha ka Swang’ ever since its inception, and is the only original cast still playing the character. She also added that Jugal ji’s wife, Hemlata ji, has been the biggest contributor in his journey. She took care of all the other fronts, during his struggle as a theater artist.
Rakesh ji insisted how IPTA’s role as the sole organisation which takes up plays which have social relevance and theatrical entertainment. ‘This new face of entertainment, which is now being forced on to us, is fabricated. IPTA’s biggest challenge is to pick up plays which entertains the audience and deal with issues in greater depths’, he added.
Mumtaj Bharti talked about Jugal ji’s play ‘Dafn Karo’, which revolves around the surrealist story of dead soldiers who are about to be buried, and they revolt. Prabhat Tripathy ji underlined how most of the art forms and their focus has been restricted to the middle class.
Jugal ji was also felicitated by 12 different cultural organisations, social organisations and clubs from Raigarh.
“I feel now I will have to continue doing what I was, and this honour gives me more strength and willpower to move forward.”, said Jugal Kishore ji. He also said that he was still learning and this marks the most memorable moments of his life and theatrical journey.
He also added how stories of exploitation makes him feel restless and shared his interest of working with the story of a village in Chhattisgarh, which has been recently been charged in the court by for stealing water.
This honour is felicitated by IPTA Raigarh in memory of Shri Sharadchandra Vairagkar. The first three awards were felicitated upon Shri Rajkamal Nayak, Shri Sanjay Upadhyay and Shri Arun Pandey.
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