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Chief Election Commissioner of India and former Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer OP Rawat among others during the celebration of national public relations day at NDIM campus on April 21.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dramatic Move: Actor IAS V Venu as a manipulative contractor


IMAGINE an IAS officer taking a dramatic move of donning the role of a shrewd contractor who tries to manipulate bureaucracy and politics! During the recent Bharat Rang Mahotsav, a theatre festival organized by the National School of Drama in New Delhi, Kerala’s tourism secretary Dr V Venu, a 1990 batch IAS, donned that role of a manipulative contractor as he acted in a Malayalam play ‘Palangal’, (bridges), an adaptation of the work of famous poet K Ayyappa Panicker.
Directed by D Reghoothaman and staged by Abhinaya theatres, Thiruvananthapuram, ‘Palangal’ depicts the events that surround the proposed construction of a bridge where Dr Venu came to the centrestage, literally.
The bureaucrat, who studied medicine surgery before getting into IAS, told media that he was an actor during the college days, but discontinued his passion thanks to the mounting work pressure. But he chose to revive his talent on stage once he joined the culture department in the state about three years ago. He was also in the Central deputation and worked as deputy secretary in the ministry of tourism and culture in 2003-04. Later, he was promoted to a director level post, deputy director general, in the ministry of tourism in New Delhi.
Thanks to his personal interest in acting, Dr Venu has initiated a programme under which a number of Kerala’s award-winning theatre directors performed plays in UK, South Korea, Japan and Russia recently.
So will the IAS-cum-actor stage a play for the global audience too, for promoting tourism in the God’s own country?
If you know a bureaucrat who has a private passion whether in the realm of music, theatre, art, or anything else, kindly write to babu.blogger1@gmail.com

11 senior officials transferred in Bihar
In a major reshuffle in bureaucracy in Bihar, chief minister Nitish Kumar has transferred 11 senior bureaucrats, including principal secretary Girish Shankar. State’s urban development and housing principal secretary Afzal Amanullah will now hold the important post of a cabinet coordination. Amitabh Verma, principal secretary to the animal husbandry department, will be given additional charge of cooperative department, whereas R K Khandelwal will be secretary to the revenue department.

4 comments:

  1. Every bureaucrat needs to be an actor when he interacts with his political master! Am I right?

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  2. Very heartening to know that babus are flourishing in such fine art of music and drama. Similar latent talent must be there in the power corridor, little nudge and encouragement can show more such praiseworthy colours of bureaucracy.. babublogger has indeed done a service by highlighting the feat of Dr.Venu.
    R.B.

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  3. There are many brilliant, multifaceted IAS officers whose creative talents and original ideas can boost administration and welfare of the people. But they must be supported by their superiors in the profession to free themselves from the political shackles. If the bureaucrats are united in a selfless endeavor, no politician can come in the way. But then, they too are human and often succumb to vices.

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  4. There are many brilliant, multifaceted IAS officers whose creative talents and original ideas can boost administration and welfare of the people. But they must be supported by their superiors in the profession to free themselves from the political shackles. If the bureaucrats are united in a selfless endeavor, no politician can come in the way. But then, they too are human and often succumb to vices.

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