IPTA National Platinum Jubilee Festival
October 27 - October 31
Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) has completed 75 glorious years of unparalleled cultural movement. Since it’s inception on May 25th 1943 at Mumbai, IPTA began its cultural journey with a play “NABANNA” focusing on famine of Bengal thrust upon people of Bengal by British imperialists. The plight of people of Bengal was unfolded throughout the country with songs and plays. It is remarkable to note that the name IPTA was given by eminent scientist Homi Jahangeer Bhabha. Eminent writers, poets, singers, painters and theatre and cultural workers throughout the country were drawn to IPTA. From Prithvi Raj Kapoor to Kaifi Azmi the list is endless.
IPTA has decided to observe 2018 as platinum jubilee year of this glorious cultural movement and various programs throughout the country are being organised. IPTA National Platinum Jubilee Festival is going to be organised at Patna (Bihar) from 27th October to 31st October 2018.
It is a moment of cultural crisis. Communalization of education and culture, direct and indirect curb on autonomous institutions and distortion of history is being witnessed. The basic foundation of pluralistic culture, social justice and freedom of expression is under serious threat. Religious intolerance has increased to a dangerous extent. Voices of dissent and rationality are being termed as anti-national. The examples of false charges of sedition and brutal murders are well within your knowledge. In the series of physical attacks IPTA too was attacked by ‘Sangh Giroh’ on 4th October 2016 at Indore in its concluding session. It is heartening to note that writers, historians, artists and scientists who have been fighting against this on slaught, stood up in our solidarity.