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Amol Palekar's speech interrupted after he criticises government

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Palekar was interrupted during a speech at an event at the (NGMA) here when he criticised the government.

Palekar addressed the audience at the opening of an exhibition in memory of on Friday.

In his speech, Palekar expressed concern over policy changes that will give the at the Centre the sole right to decide the contents and themes of exhibitions to be held at the in and

"As of November 13, 2018, the artistes' advisory committees operating at both regional centres, that is at and have been abolished, is what I have learnt. I am in the process of officially inquiring about the details so as to verify the hearsay," he said.

"In 2017, we were happy to hear about the plan to open new branches at Kolkata and in the North East. News of the expansion of this venue was also heartening. However on November 13, 2018, another disastrous decision was apparently taken namely, 'all future exhibitions of artworks...," he said before he was cut off by one of the event organisers, who asked him to stick to talk only about Barwe.

At this point, Palekar said he was reminded of how Nayantara Sahgal's invitation to attend a Marathi literary event was withdrawn because her speech was "slightly critical of the situation around us".

"Are we creating the same situation here?" he counter questioned on being stopped.

Palekar could not deliver the full speech he had prepared.



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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 14:52 IST