Don’t let theatre be manipulated by corporate: Prakash Belawadi

 The noted theatre personality was speaking at the  decennial celebrations of Rangavalli

“Theatre is the only medium that sustains the freedom of expression to the fullest and hence we all should strive to protect theatre,” said theatre personality Prakash Belawadi on Sunday.

He was speaking after inaugurating the ‘Ranga Sambrama’ theatre fest and decennial celebrations of the city-based theatre troupe Rangavalli at Kalamandir.

He said that theatre should be local and attract the audience from a very close distance or else unlike any other medium theatre will also be manipulated by some corporates or vested interests and will no longer mirror societal concerns. The 70s led to various experiments and thus we witnessed the emergence of cinema and journalism. The amount invested to nurture Kannada and culture then was anywhere between Rs five to Rs 10 crore. Since then there has been a continuous effort to boost culture and now we have
Rs 800 crore budget. But now the question is how far we have been able to utilise it for the betterment of the theatre, he wondered.

On the government’s decision to hand over the Venkatappa Art Gallery in Bengaluru to private owners, he said that it should not pose a problem. The basic infrastructure has been privatised. If private people take up the running of the gallery it will be fine, he added.
While the play ‘Akku’ produced by Rangamantapa was staged on Sunday, the audience can look forward to ‘Buguri,’ a play by Kinnara Mela theatre group based on the stories of Mogalli Ganesh. The festival will conclude on Tuesday with ‘Ateetha’ enacted by members of Ananya Bengaluru troupe.
Theatre personalities H R Raviprasad, K Venkataraju and V N Mallikarjuna Swamy were present.
Blurb: Prakash Belawadi wondered if the funds allocated towards the growth of Kannada and culture has been aptly utilised for the betterment of the theatre.

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