The five-day national theatre festival of Niranthara Foundation will be held from March 23 to 27
Niranthara Foundation is all set to enthral theatre buffs from across the city through its annual five day national theatre festival ‘Niranthara Ranga Utsav,’ which will be held from March 23 to 27 at Fine Arts College, University of Mysore.
It’s been a decade since Niranthara Foundation Theatre Fest introduced a taste of national theatre in Mysuru. As it enters its tenth edition, the annual fest promises to cater to a variety of tastes with a myriad array of plays to be staged on each day of the festival. The festival also introduces the audience to the experiments taken up by the theatre personalities from across the state and has been more than just a theatre festival through its society-centric plays.
The theatre fest which opens on Wednesday will feature five plays with its own production ‘Rasthe Nakshathra’ leading the way. On the following days ‘Oresthis Purana,’ ‘Mruthyanjaya,’ ‘Rudaali’ and ‘Soruthihudu Sambandha’ plays will be staged. The event is co- sponsored by Department of Kannada and Culture and University of Mysore.
Niranthara Foundation which believes in people’s society has been playing the role of a cultural medium with a set of young enthusiastic and is committed to social concern.
Niranthara Ranga Utsav is an attempt to understand the expression and dynamics of regional theatre movements of different states of India. For five days directors, playwrights, actors and theatre enthusiasts will gather at Mysuru to share their ideas and experiences.
Addressing a press conference Founder of Niranthara Foundation Prasad Kunduru said that theatre has been a platform to express joy, sorrow, pain and varied expressions and through theatre activities we try to create a sense of social concern among the youth. This year’s edition is scheduled to be held from March 23 to 27. Minister for Kannada and Culture Department Umashree will inaugurate the programme, Vice Chancellor of University of Mysuru Prof K S Rangappa, Editor in Chief Andolana Daily Rajashekara Koti, Journalist P K Dayanand will preside over the programme.
On March 27 social thinker P Mallesh will deliver the valedictory address. Registrar University of Mysore Prof C Basavaraju and K S Prabhakar will preside over the programme.
Senior theatre personality Rameshwari Varma who released the posture of the festival said that Niranthara through its workshops and various theatre activities has been in the forefront to attract the students towards theatre which is laudable. Though Mysuru has been a better place for various theatre troupes, apart from Kalamandira we do not have proper auditorium. This cultural city needs to have at least three auditoriums to meet the requirements of theatre enthusiasts in the city. The government should consider this, she added.
About the plays
On March 23, T K Dayanand’s book “Rasthe Nakshathra” directed by Suguna M M from Niranthara theatre troupe productions a collection of writings on nomads, hawkers and others who make their living on pavements.
On March 24 –“Oresthis Purana,” will be presented by Ninasam Heggodu, directed by Venkataramana Ithal- The main themes explored in the play are concept of state and the disputes between different statuses.
On March 25- “Mrithyunjaya,” directed by Dr Shripad Bhat based on Niranjan’s novel will be present by Samudaya Karnataka Repertory.
On March 26-“Rudaali,” directed by Dr Rameshwari Varma based on Jnanapith awardee Mahashwetha Devi’s novel will be presented by Sa Ma Ten.
On March 27- “Soruthihudu Sambhanada,” written and directed by Mahantesh Ramadurga will be presented by Shoonya Ranga Tanda, Bengaluru.