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LoC tension hits theatre, curtains drawn on plays to be performed by Pak artists in India


Meenakshi Upreti,CNN-IBN
Jan 19, 2013 at 12:06pm IST

New Delhi: The aggression on the Line of Control has taken a toll on performing arts now with curtains being drawn on plays to be performed by Pakistani artists just hours before starting.

At least 24 Pakistani nationals from the Ajoka Theatre of Lahore are on their way back. They were at the 15th Theatre Utsav, organised by the National School of Drama, but after some people threatened to disrupt the festival, the government had to cancel their performance.

The artists were disappointed and also suggested that talks were the way forward for solving the LoC crisis. Ironically their show was on Sadat Hasan Manto, a shared heritage for both India and Pakistan.

Even prominent theatre personalities from India weren't too happy with the government's decision. "Artists don't have any boundaries, they shouldn't be banned," said Indian theatre person Nandu Madhava.

The NSD says that the performance was cancelled due to security reasons, but the artists say they should've still been allowed as their performance would've only help bridge distances between the two countries.

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