Training workshop for 'Band Pather' folk theatre conducted in J-K's Budgam

A month-long training workshop on the traditional folk theatre form, Band Pather, was conducted by a local group in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district with support from the Ministry of Culture under the Central government. Several young budding artists in the valley participated in the workshop and were trained by experts in the field. Band Pather is a traditional Kashmiri dramatic performance that incorporates dance, playing of musical instruments, and acting. Older generations fear that the art form is slowly dying and future generations will be oblivious to their traditional culture. Shahjehan Bhagat, the organizer of the event said that the workshop has been organised to revive the tradition and to train youth to carry the art form to the next generation.