I want free expression of all points of view: Buddhadeb

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said on Tuesday said his government was not in favour of influencing art and culture and wanted free expression of all points of view.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 21:46 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee said on Tuesday said his government was not in favour of influencing art and culture and wanted free expression of all
points of view.

"The government must not issue diktats to the world of
theatre and divide it. We want all colours of the rainbow.
This is our endeavour," he said at the inauguration of the
10th drama festival here.

Bhattacharjee, criticised for his alleged discriminatory
reference to the Opposition as "us and them" in past, said
that his government was of the opinion that theatre had an
important role to play in commenting on contemporary society.

"The history of theatre teaches us that throughout the
ages, dramatists, playwrights and actors played an important
role in reflecting popular opinion and warning governments
whenever they went wrong," Bhattacharjee, who had himself
written a critically acclaimed play `Dussomoy` after
briefly resigning from the Jyoti Basu cabinet in 1993, said.

Earlier, inaugurating the festival, veteran theatre
personality Rudraprasad Sengupta reminded out that this was
the last drama festival under the present government.

"When a new government is installed after the coming
Assembly polls, I hope it will continue with the festival," he
said and called for an end in the division among theatre
workers.

The chief minister handed over the `Dinabandhu` and
`Girish` awards for 2006 to 2010 to various actors and
dramatists.

PTI