JAMMU: Minister for Works, Naeem Akhtar 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.