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Tiatr ticket to now cost Rs 100


Tiatr, India's most successful commercial theatre, will now cost Rs 100 per person.

The production houses of Goa's oldest form of theatre, Tiatr, have decided to raise its ticket price, owing to rising inflation. 

Prince Jacob, President of Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG), said the ticket hike was inevitable for producers, as hosting a tiatre show was becoming financially unviable. 

The ticket prices will be hiked to Rs 100 from the current Rs 75, said Jacob, who is known by his street name - Prince Jacob. 

Although the rise seems to be marginal, the financial implications are high as several hundred Tiatr shows are held every year, with more than 500 people watching it every time. 

"Konkani Tiatr is the cheapest form of entertainment in terms of its ticket fee as compared to theatre in any other language including Marathi and English," he said. 

This performing art form has a century old history and is popular till date in the era of television. 

Jacob said that 60 new tiatres are produced every year, many of which become overnight superhits due to the strong social messages carried by them. 

Tiatres which were usually exhibited by constructing pandals in villages are now performed in air-conditioned theatres like Kala Academy in Panaji and Ravindra Bhavan and Gomant Vidya Niketan in Margao, 35 kilometres away from here. 

"Rising prices, high cost of living and frequent hike in petrol and diesel prices have finally affected the Konkani Tiatr sector too. For a considerably long time the Tiatrist had assimilated the inflationary trends without passing the buck to the consumers," said Jacob, who is an iconic name on the stage. 

But, time has now come that they can take it no more. This was primarily the reason why a group of popular Tiatr writers and directors met recently to take stock of the situation and to assess closely as to how the constant inflation is affecting their trade, he added. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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