Chandigarh: Veteran actor Om Puri on Friday called on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to apprise him about his plans for the promotion of Punjabi theatre at the newly constructed Harpal Tiwana Centre for Performing Arts (HTCPA) at Patiala.

The move will be a befitting tribute to the legendary theatre personality Harpal Tiwana, whose name is synonymous with the Punjabi theatre.

An assurance to this effect was given by Puri to the Chief Minister during his brief interaction with Badal at his official residence, an official spokesman said here.

Expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister, the 61-year-old actor said he was personally indebted to Badal for the completion of the state-of–the-art HTCPA within the record time thereby cherishing the dream of lakhs of theatre lovers across the state.

"Seeds of acting were sown by Harpal Tiwana during my youthful days, which had now turned into a full bloom tree and therefore with all humility I owe my success and fame at this point of my career to his able guidance who taught me the basics of theatre," said Puri.

Puri envisioned that he would soon motivate the leading theatre personalities like Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Raj Babbar and others to stage plays at HTCPA to offer rare feat to the drama lovers.

He said that regular shows of dramas would be organized there with the broad objective to revive the theatre movement in state, which had gradually lost its pristine glory over the years.


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