Bhubaneswar: Sad news for lakhs of Jatra lovers in Odisha as the owners association of Jatra parties has decided to bring the curtains down on jatras from July this year.
As many as 23 Jatra troupes in Odisha have decided to bring their shutters down on Jatra shows from July 2018 due to various reasons expressing inability to keep the art of theatre alive, said Odisha Jatra Troupe Association’s President Soumya Ranjan Patnaik at a press meet here.
S R Patnaik informed that the owners of several groups have unanimously decided to stop plying shows due to several reasons including huge monetary loss.
“The owners of Jatra troupes in the state have been facing huge financial crisis for last five years as the expenditure cost has overtaken the revenue collection earned in this industry. Besides, several restrictions imposed by the state government make the troupes vulnerable for loss making impacting the decision to close down the Jatra shows in the state from July 2018”, rued S R Patnaik.
While ticket selling is the only source of income for the Jatra industry, we cannot increase the cost of the tickets. On the other hand, the administration imposes restrictions for the stage show for most part of the summer season citing school and college examinations, elections and several other grounds and the shows are also badly affected during floods and cyclones, he said.
However, the decision is likely to adversely affect nearly 50,000 people including 7, 000 artistes who are directly engaged in the Jatra industry in Odisha. “However, we are undone and helpless,” he added.
Owner of ‘Kalinga Gananatya’- Pradeep Maharathi, who happens to be the Panchayatiraj Minister of Odisha was also present during the press meet.