Rayees Wathori – Theater Artist

Rayees Wathori

Born and raised in a cultured family of Wathora, Rayees Rashid joined Folk theatre at the age of 7 as a child artist. Rayees was active in cultural activities during his schooling which helped him to showcase his talent. After passing his 8th class examinations, he joined the Higher Secondary Institute Wathora where he and his friend, Bilal gained a lot of appraisals for performing theater.

Rayees was taking part as a performer in folk theatre BHAAND PAETHER, the earliest theatre specimen in the sub continent. In Bhand Paether he used to perform a role of a Jester. This made him confident because these were mostly public performances.

“After completing my schooling, I joined Actors Creative Theatre where I met professionals and well-known artists of the State. I couldn’t even earn 1000 bucks from theatre but I never gave up because it was a part of my life. I used to go for rehearsals on my own expenses. My parents never put me down.”

Rayees and Kashmiri Artists
Rayees with renowned Kashmiri Artists

Time and again, Rayees performed for various issues like Drug Addiction, Importance of Education, Beti bachou Beti padou and much more. In 2012, he worked as an actor in a National advertisement.  Currently, Rayees is an approved artist of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar. He has completed his PG diploma in folklore and Cultural Studies.

“Kashmir based Bollywood actor Mir Sarwar always encouraged and supported me. Theatre based directors Arshad Mushtaq, Mushtaque Ali Khan, Nisar Naseem, Shafiq Qureshi praised me for my dedication and love to culture and theatre”

In 2015 Rayees was selected for the Bollywood Movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan for the role of a Villager where he got a chance to meet the stars of the film industry. He’s also the winner of Kashmir’s got Talent, 2015 in the acting category. Also, Rayees won Youth Mela, 2016 in the acting cast.

Rayees, along with some educated youth of Wathora have created a Cultural Society in Wathora to preserve the cultural heritage of Kashmir. The multi talented team of Arts and members of this society have nominated him as the President.

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