Kolkata: With several initiatives by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Jatra (folk-theatre) industry of Bengal is witnessing a glorious revival, said state Youth Services and Sports minister Aroop Biswas.He was inaugurating a programme organised by Paschim Banga Jatra Academy on Saturday. Biswas inaugurated the brochure prepared by the Paschim Banga Jatra Academy in collaboration with Paschim Banga Jatra Sammelan that contains names of new palas and contact details of its producers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBiswas said: “Jatra has got back its golden days with the Chief Minister’s intervention.”He said that the new generation is also taking interest in Jatra and new artistes are also coming up. Comparing Jatra to that of the football team of Croatia in the backdrop of the ongoing Fifa World Cup, Biswas said: “Jatra was earlier like the football team of Croatia. It wasn’t known to anyone. But now, like the football team, it has come to the forefront.” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that a 15-day-long workshop for Jatra artistes was also organised at Fanibhushan Bidyabinod Jatra Academy. People interested in folk theatre from across the state participated in the workshop. The main target of organising the workshop was to rope in upcoming talents in folk theatre.An exhibition of posters of different Jatras was also organised. At the same time a temporary counter was also set up close to Paschim Banga Jatra Academy Bhavan where bookings of different palas have begun.It may be mentioned that without any support from the erstwhile Left Front government, the Jatra industry was passing through a torrid time. It was the Chief Minister who took measures soon after coming to power and revived the state of the Jatra industry. Moreover, the Jatra that gets maximum number of palas is awarded every year and this year too one with 171 palas has been awarded.