Patna's Noted Dramatist Anil Mukherjee Remembered

Birth anniversary of Anil Kumar Mukherjee observed in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Eminent writers, authors, dramatists, litterateurs, and teachers from various states gathered at Patna's Sahitya Sammelan on Monday to mark the 100th birth anniversary of late Anil Kumar Mukherjee, dramatist, director, and the founder of Bihar Art Theatre and Kalidas Rangalaya in Patna.

Speaking on the occasion, Delhi University Sanskrit professor and an authority on Indian drama and poetries, Dr. Dipti Tripathi said that Mr. Mukherjee's contributions in the field of drama and stage acting were immense and his legacy to the world of art and culture were immortal.

"Mr. Mukherjee made efforts to protect the Indian theater from western influence and the status that the Hindi drama enjoys today has a lot to do with his contributions. He dedicated his life in enriching art and drama in Patna as his written and directed plays were staged all over the country. Through his writing and direction, he established himself as one of the most prominent dramatists of India," Dr. Tripathi said.

Noted litterateur Dr. Shankar Prasad credited Mukherjee of bringing professionalism in the field of theater and drama while one of Mukherjee's student Kumar Anupam talked about his teacher's commitment and dedication to women's status and their emancipation in the conservative Indian society.

"Be it his Assam Mail, Akela, Cocktail, Palki or Kathputli, nearly all of his plays were based on women's struggle in the society," Anupam said.

A collection of Mr. Mukherjee's Hindi plays called 'Kalam Se Manch Tak' was also released on the occasion.

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