Staff Reporter

He is also popular as the father of commercial theatre in south Orissa

BERHAMPUR: A cultural function was organised at ‘Kavisurya Rangamanch’ auditorium in the city on Wednesday evening to honour the octogenarian theatre activist and multifarious personality Natyashree Raghunath Mishra on his 84th birthday.

The greatest attraction of this festival was Natyashree himself.

Even at this advanced age he was taking active interest in the staging of his more than a decade old play ‘Laxmi’. Secretary of the organising committee Pradeep Kumar Satpathy said the new generation can learn much from this veteran theatre activist, who is defying age to be part of cultural and stage activities.

Natyashree is unique multi-farious theatre personality. He is also popular as the father of commercial theatre in south Orissa.

He had also ventured into the Oriya cine world. He produced and directed eight Oriya movies.

Lyricist

Till date he has written more than 100 plays in his long career of over 60 years. Every year he writes some new plays based on contemporary issues.

He was also a successful lyricist. He has penned more than 700 songs for movies, music albums and plays.

The play enacted on Wednesday was based on a popular myth of Orissa. Director of the play Amulya Ranjan Sahu said he had chosen this play of Natyashree to make the audience remember the traditional commercial theatre of Orissa, which had been promoted by the veteran theatre activist.

The story of the play revolved round a myth related to the famous Sakhigopal temple near Puri.

It depicted the eternal love of a young girl towards the deity of the temple due to which she is being worshipped as Radha at the temple.