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Padma Shri Playwright Moti Lal Kemmu is no more
JK Minister expresses grief over Kemmu 's death


Jammu, April 16, (Scoop News)-Padma Shri noted playwright and theater personality, Moti Lal Kemmu passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 85.

Moti Lal Kemmu was born in 1933 at Zaindar Mohalla in Srinagar Kashmir.He did his graduation from Kahmir University in 1953. He received specialized training in Drama and theatre from Prof. C.C. Mehta at Baroda University from 1961 to 1964 under a Govt. of India scholarship. Later he served in different capacities, in the cultural establishment of Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir from 1964 to 1991, during which period he also wrote, acted and directed plays in Kashmiri. He emerged as an important Kashmiri writer with his plays: Teen Asangati Aikanki (1968), Lal Drayas Lol Re (1972), Trunove (1970), Tshai (1973), Natak Truche (1980), Tota Tol Aina (1985). Several of his plays were also translated and produced in Hindi.
He was actively involved in preserving the age-old, dying folk theatre of Kashmir, by reorganising Bhand artists into regular groups, now working in the valley under his guidance and support. He is the founder of many theatre groups such as Abhinava Bharati, Kashmir Bhagat Theatre, Shahwali Lika Rang, Luka Theatre Bombay, National Bhand Theatre, Wathora etc.
Shri Kemmu has also been writing 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. Shri Sidharth Kak's documentary film The Bhands of Kashmir was produced under Shri Kemmu's expert guidance.
Shri Kemmu was presently a Senior Fellow (Literature) of Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, devoting his time to writing of plays and a book on folk theatre of Kashmir. In recognition of his service to Kashmiri arts and literature, Shri Kemmu has been honoured with several awards by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Rashtra Bhasa Prachar Samiti etc. He received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1982 for his contribution to Kashmiri literature as a playwright. Kemmu was also conferred with Padma Shri award in 2012



Meanwhile Minister for Works, Mr 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.
Mr 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.

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