A day after the social media deal with of the Nationwide College of Drama (NSD) carried a publish on Karva Chauth, tons of of artistes, writers, lecturers, cultural employees, alumni and former college members of the institute have issued an announcement objecting to this show of “spiritual photographs and iconography”.
On Monday, the assertion, which carried 272 signatures, was despatched to the workplace of NSD Chairman Paresh Rawal and Performing Director Dinesh Khanna. By Tuesday night, the net marketing campaign had attracted greater than 400 signatures.
“NSD has folks from totally different religions and regional areas of the nation. Why are we catering to at least one sort of spiritual viewpoint? We will use the official handles to speak about playwriting, poetry, music, actors and administrators from totally different areas who characterize the entire nation. The NSD is a spot of training and never for the dissemination of spiritual perception techniques of any kind,” mentioned Anamika Haksar, an alumnus in addition to instructor at NSD.
She identified that the Fb web page of NSD additionally accommodates a publish on the Prime Minister’s e-auction of mementos, which violates the institute’s founding ethos of being autonomous of any authorities interference.
NSD’s Instagram deal with is devoted to posts on exhibits, necessary bulletins and photographs of visiting artistes and dignitaries in addition to greetings on Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti. In October, nevertheless, the deal with started celebrating Navratri by posting about deities akin to Ma Shaelpuri, Ma Brahmcharini and Ma Chandraganta, amongst others. On October 19, there was a publish on Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi.
“It’s mistaken for the Nationwide College of Drama to be placing out these posts on social media from their official deal with. Why ought to a nationwide institute that’s meant to advertise theatre training be placing out posts for spiritual festivals?” requested Sudhanva Deshpande of the Jan Natya Manch.
The signatories embody former Director of NSD Anuradha Kapur, senior practitioner MK Raina, alumni akin to Aniruddha Khutwad, college members KS Rajendran and different eminent artists akin to Abhishek Majumdar.
“The dissemination of spiritual messages, imagery and iconography of any type by a public, state-run establishment goes towards the remit of such establishments. We convey this to the discover of the authorities at NSD, and demand that this be stopped instantly,” learn the letter.
NSD has not replied to the letter.