Bahuroopi-2018 in Mysuru from January 14-21

Dr Girish Karnad to open annual National Theatre Festival

Mysuru, January 4:- Jnanapith awardee and senior playwright Dr Girish Karnad will inaugurate the ‘Bahuroopi-2018’ – annual theatre festival of city’s own repertory Rangayana on January 14.

Dr Girish Karnad

The theatre festival will conclude on January 21.

With just 10 days left for the inauguration of the annual National Theatre Festival which draws thousands of theatre buffs to the city, the Ragayana hosted a programme on Thursday and released the poster of Bahuroopi-2018.

Deputy Commissioner D Randeep released the posters and invitations of the eight-day long theatre carnival in the presence of Rangayana director Bhagirathi Bai Kadam; joint director of Rangayana V N Mallikarjunaswamy, convenors of Bahuroopi Krishnaprasad and Mime Ramesh.

Speaking on the occasion, Randeep said, “Bahuroopi has a significant place in the tourist calendar of the city and it draws thousands of theatre buffs during the week-long annual theatre festival. Mysuru being the cultural capital of the state also needs to be recognised as ‘theatre capital’ and ‘cinema capital’ of the state as the city has been promoting theatre and cinema activities. I would also write to the tourism department to add Bahuroopi Theatre Festival in the International Tourist Calendar,” he added.

Theme for Bahuroopi

Every year the Bahuroopi is held with a theme and likewise this year the national theatre festival will be held on the theme ‘Migration.’

The city’s own repertory Rangayana decided to consider the theme ‘migration’ for the Bahuroopi as all living beings including humans were migrating from once place to the other in search of food and shelter, and livelihood when there is threat to their existence and thus this year Bahuroopi will focus on migration, its affects and the possible solutions.

An array of plays during Bahuroopi

Variety of plays will be staged during the Bahuroopi this year. A total of nine plays in different languages and from different states will be staged. The non-Kannada play includes ‘Pandvani,’ ‘Jeevith Ya Mruth’ by Vivadi team of New Delhi, ‘Manasa Mangala,’ a Bengali play by Nandipath theatre troupe, ‘Macbeth,’ an English play by Chorus repertory, Manipur; ‘Kali Natakam,’ a Malayalam play by Lokadharmi team, ‘Museum- A Species in Danger,’ a Hindi play by Being Association, ‘Rest in Peace,’ an English play by Jatan Natyamanch team, ‘Mrigadosham,’ a Tamil play by Manalmagudi Theatre Land, ‘Notes on chai,’ an English play by Jyothi Dongra and team, ‘Outcast,’ a Hindi play by Raga team, ‘Samajaswasthya,’ a Marathi play by Natakghar team and ‘Bhakta Prahlad,’ a play by Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali.

Nine Kannada plays including ‘Togalu Gombeyata,’ ‘Ambedkar,’ ‘Moovaru Akkatangiyaru’ ‘Sanchari,’ ‘Shoorpanakha-Innondu Mukha,’ ‘Gokula Nirgamana,’ ‘Marana Mridanga,’ ‘Radha,’ ‘Ulida Shakshigalu,’ ‘Chirebandi Vade,’ ‘Kola,’ ‘Akku’ and ‘ Sri Rama Paduka Pattabhishekha’ will also be staged.

In addition, there will also be six solo shows during the theatre carnival.

International films screening

As part of the Bahuroopi, over 24 films including documentaries, classic cinemas of foreign language and Indian languages will also be screened at Sri Ranga Auditorium of Rangayana and the film screening will be coordinated by Manu K and Prashanth Hiremath.

Films including Harvest of Empire, Welcome as Friends, Dheepan, Powaqqatsi, In Syria, Look of Science, Last Train Home, Kon-tiki, The Way Back, Salam Neighbour, After Spring, Kannathil Muthamittal, God Grew Tired of Us, Sometime in April, Salt of the Earth, Rabitproof Fence, Puttakana Highway, Doorada Betta, Human Flow, No place on Earth will be screened.

National seminar

A national seminar on the theme ‘Migration’ will also be held as part of Bahuroopi and the inaugural function will be held on January 20 and will be inaugurated by Mahesh Elkunchwar, renowned Marathi playwright. Senior journalists and writer P Sainath will preside over the function. Various topics including Migration-Politics and Human Rights will be discussed in a panel discussion and in the second session ‘My experiences’ will be shared.

On the second and final day of the seminar, a topic on sociological and cultural forms of migration will be discussed and in the final session Migration: Agriculture, environment and technology will be discussed.

The plays will be staged at four auditoriums at Rangayana premises – Bhoomigeetha, Vanaranga, Kalamandir, and Mini Theatre (Kiru Rangamandira).

Book sale and exhibition, Desi Food Fest

Like every year, over 70 stalls will be set up to sell and exhibit various books at Rangayana premises and stalls to sell handloom products. A Desi Food Festival will also be organised for the foodies who attend the theatre festival.

By Karthik K K

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