Emphasising the need to celebrate creativity in all its myriad forms, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said theatre, music and dance have made life meaningful for even non-creative persons who derive inspiration from them.

She released The Theatre of Bhanu Bharti: A New Perspective, a book authored by Diwan Singh Bajeli, at the Delhi Secretariat here. Describing Mr. Bharti as a large-hearted person, the Chief Minister said he always made himself available whenever she has approached him for any theatrical activity in the city.

Admitting that people in the political arena at times forget the beauty of life, the Chief Minister said life for politicians like her gets subdued, and it was only in events which celebrate theatre, music and dance that they do enjoy the meaning of life. She said, “If there is life after death, I would love to do better things like giving a fillip to civilisation and development of theatre, music and dance. They have aspects which energise us and make life worth living.”

Reminiscing his days at the National School of Drama, Mr. Bharti said his guru Ebrahim Alkazi instilled in him the value of discipline which has stood him in good stead. “What I lacked those days was discipline. Today I realise its importance in theatre as well as my daily life.”

When Mr. Bharti was trying to get a foothold in theatre during the 1960s it was an uncharted territory. But his dogged determination to succeed was realised because his mother was backing him up at a time when “nobody in those days could have imagined that someone could make a career out of it”.