Nagpur: Maharashtra State Directorate of Cultural Affairs has decided to indefinitely postpone the Maharashtra State Theater Festival in view of the third wave of coronavirus. This announcement has been made just three days before the start of the competition at Nagpur center with effect from the date of 15 January.
The fixtures were out and the opening play was to take place at 2 p.m. in the Scientific Society Hall itself. This decision has disappointed most of the 23 amateur group participants from the Nagpur district.
Theater groups resumed rehearsals after about two years. They have also been told that the competition will be held without spectators. Because of this, the prime time slot at 7 pm has been avoided and has been booked around 1 pm.
The group agreed to these restrictions because they were too eager to perform on stage. Right now he is also making a financial and psychological damages claim. Director Salim Sheikh has asked what happens to the money and effort he has put in.
Demanded Refund Security Money
All the members of his team were working tirelessly for more than a month. He was never consulted at all before the decision was taken.
Virendra Ganvir whose popular play on Indian theater pioneer Bhadant’s Ashwaghosh was to be staged on January 18, has said that everyone is disappointed. He could have announced the decision in the month of December.
The groups have demanded a refund of their security money. A senior artist has said that when they completely fail to complete the play on the given date. Then the amount is not refunded to them at all. Right now the government itself has failed to organize this event.