Ghulam Rasool Bhagat

Born on 5 September 1945 in Akingam in Anantnag district of Kashmir, Shri Ghulam Rasool Bhagat belongs to a family of traditional theatre artists of the region. He was groomed as a performer in the Bhand Pather theatre by his uncle Kamal Maskhar.
Shri Ghulam Rasool's professional career in this folk theatre began in 1959, when he and his colleagues got together to form a loose group of players to present Bhand Pather plays. The group would perform at marriage ceremonies, festivals, and political rallies much like other troupes working in this folk theatre. In 1961, the group was registered as Kashmir Bhagat Theatre, the first Bhand group to enter government records. Since then the Kashmir Bhagat Theatre has performed extensively in the Kashmir valley, and has worked zealously toward s preserving older Bhand Pather plays. Acclaimed productions of the Theatre include Sone Wattan, Pozeti Apoz, and Yatichu Bantwan - to name only a few. These plays have been presented not only in Kashmir but in every metropolis in the country - Delhi, Kolkata , Guwahati, Mumbai - and several towns in Haryana, Punjab, and Goa. The group has performed at the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi for many years.
Shri Ghulam Rasool Bhagat has received felicitations for his initiative in the field from a number of government departments including the Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art , Culture and Languages.
Shri Ghulam Rasool Bhagat receives the Sangeet atak Akademi Award for his contribution to the Bhand Pather theatre of Kashmir.