A five-day ‘Ursu Natakotsava’ which focuses on the contributions and life of Former Chief Minister D Devaraj Urs was inaugurated at Kalamandir on Wednesday.
District Administration, Zilla Panchayat and District Backward Classes’ Welfare Department organised the event to commemorate the birth centenary of D Devaraj Urs.
Inaugurating the programme, senior theatre personality and theatre activist C Basavalingaiah said: “Devaraj Urs was a great leader and a social reformer that Karnataka has ever seen. His social revolution and contribution in uplifting problems of oppressed class bought a great development in the state and he was the voice of the voiceless. During his period, he introduced many programmes to do the needful for all backward class and he also played a major role in getting victory for Indira Gandhi in Chikkamagalur by-election.”
“It is of great importance to spread the achievements, schemes and life of Devaraj Urs to the modern generation and youngsters. Theatre being one of the best medium, staging plays based on his contribution and life creates more appeal among the younger generation,” he added. Later a play ‘Mukhyamantri Ursu’ directed by Mahadeva Hadapada was staged.
The Urs Rangothsava will stage play ‘Ursu Kanasu’ directed by Pramod Shiggam, ‘Ursu Namana’ directed by Roopa Rajesh, ‘Nadi Odanadi’ directed by Mandya Ramesh and ‘Jana Mitra Ursu’ directed by Sahana on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
District Backward Classes Welfare Department Officer G S Somashekar, Member of Devaraj Urs birth centenary celebration committee Lakshman, Deputy Director of Rangayana Nirmala Matapati, Assistant director of Kannada and culture department Chennappa, Playwright Dr Rajappa Dalavai and others were present.