About Rs. 35 million has been approved by Union Railways Minister, Mamata Banerjee, for the Eastern Railway (ER) open theatre that has been named after the noted Bengali theatre icon, Sambhu Mitra.


Mamata Banerjee Approves Rs.35 Mn For Theatre Complex
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About Rs. 35 million has been approved by Union Railways Minister, Mamata Banerjee, for the Eastern Railway (ER) open theatre that has been named after the noted Bengali theatre icon, Sambhu Mitra.
 
"Indian Railways have at least 1.4 million staff and we've schools, colleges for the children of our employees. But we need to motivate them in cultural entertainments also," Banerjee said.
 
"A few days ago I paid a surprise visit to the ER's museum at the Howrah railway station and saw this open theatre. I decided to develop it as a platform for cultural interaction. I named this open theatre after noted theatre personality Sambhu Mitra and have also formed an advisory committee, chaired by Shaoli Mitra (Sambhu Mitra's daughter), to prepare the blueprint for this amphitheatre," she added.
 
Banerjee added that the railways would spend the amount to add a roof to this open theatre and for the setting up of an archive at the museum complex.
 
"This amphitheatre will help to nurture cultural activities in our state," she said.
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