Jammu, June 20: Padamshree Balwant Thakur, Director of Natrang has been invited to the 5th Cultural Olympiad- 2015, Thailand as one of the cultural ambassadors of India to present his research paper dully supported by an audio visual presentation on the journey of traditional to contemporary theatre of India. During the Cultural Olympiad he will also present a vibrant dance based multi-media presentation on the cultural diversity of J&K with a
group of 15 artists.
Organised by Global Council for Art and Culture, the event is aimed at spreading the global harmony through culture and is being held in December, 2015 in which cultural groups from all over the world are participating. The first Cultural Olympiad was also held in Bangkok in March, 2011 which had the participation of 187 countries and the last was held in Honkong in December, 2014.
Balwant Thakur’s nomination to the 5th Cultural Olympiad-2015, Hongkong is being considered as one of the most important cultural accomplishment of the state of Jammu and Kashmir State and he will surely be instrumental in getting more international avenues for showcasing the cultural strengths of Jammu and Kashmir. Considered to be one of the most creative Theatre Director of the contemporary times, Balwant Thakur is currently working as consultant-cum- Regional Director of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India.
Widely travelled Balwant Thakur held his presentations in Bangkok (Thailand) Singapore, London, Oxford, Brighton, Stratford, Berlin, Frankfurt, (Germany), Rome (Italy) Moscow, Yoroslov, Belgrade, St. Petersburg, Turkey, Almaty, Bishkek, Denmark, Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhaabi, and Dhaka. Decorated with the highest Indian honor in performing arts i.e, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Direction in theatre, Balwant Thakur is credited for being the youngest theatre director of India who has participated over two hundred National Theatre Festivals as director, which is a record in the country. Known as a magic man of theatre, his outstanding visual poetics on stage like ‘Ghumayee’ ‘Bawa Jitto’ ‘Suno Eh Kahani’ ‘Chauraha’ and ‘Mahabhoj’ have vibrated the theatre scene of North India. Credited for bringing Dogri theatre to the National and International limelight, he has been highly instrumental in creating a new cultural renaissance in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. He worked as Secretary J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages for eight years. Among many accomplishments, under his creative guidance the State of J&K won Best tableaux Award for the first time in 1997 and continued the tradition of winning Best Awards in 1999 and 2001.
He also served on the Boards of prestigious Institutions of the country including, Department of Culture, Govt. of India, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, North Zone Cultural Centre, Council for Promotion of Urdu Language and as an expert for National School of Drama, Department of Culture, M.P., Department of Language & Culture, H.P. and Association of Indian Universities.