Relevance of theatre to convey social messages in an impactful way was highlighted during the valedictory of 21-day drama training camp for research scholars of University of Mysore Kuvempu Institute of Studies in Kannada held here on Tuesday.
Delivering the valedictory address, senior theatre personality Dr N Rathna pointed out that theatre activities were a continuous process and there was no end for it. “Drama and theatre helps one understand both academic and social issues. These training programmes if conducted repeatedly will help people to develop their personality and at the same time, realise the issues thoroughly,” he said.
“Instead of conducting such training camps occasionally, there is need for full-fledged training camps for academicians. We must explore folklore through theatre to protect our culture, he added.
Director, Kuvempu Institute of Studies in Kannada, University of Mysore, Professor Srimandhar Kumar said: “Education can be more socially oriented if those values are explored through theatre arts. Theatre is a greater medium to create awareness among the society and plays vital role to resolve socials issues,” he said.
Senior theatre person Professor H S Umesh pointed out that theatre art was equally important as research works. Organising plays based on social issues were essentially important. Every academician has to take part in theatre camps so that it helps them to realize themselves as well the society in an effective manner, he opined.
Karnataka Nataka Academy member B M Ramachandra said that that this camp was organised to extend theatre arts to schools and colleges and more and more camps would be organised at many levels.
Theatre camp coordinator Dr M Nanjaiah Honganuru, Camp directors Arasikere Yogananda and Praveen Belly were present. As part of the event, the participants of camp presented play Mahamayi, based on the novel of Jnanpith awardee Dr Chandrashekar Kambar.