Mysuru, February 15:- “Organising Bahuroopi International Theatre Festival on the theme ‘Gandhi Patha’ has made me happy,” said renowned veteran Kannada actor and theatre personality Anant Nag.
He was speaking after inaugurating the 25th Bahuroopi National Theatre Festival at Rangayana in the city on Friday.
“I feel thrilled to visit Rangayana every time. I spent my childhood in Ananda Ashram in Kasaragod. There was no idol worship. But we had the photos of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandhi. Bhajans at the mutt used to inspire me. Gandhi Patha theme has made me feel nostalgic. I wish this event to be a great success,” he said.
He sang Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma song from the movie ‘Nodi Swamy Navirode Heege.’ He also delivered dialogue from Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasaragod movie.
“Mahatma Gandhi walked the path of difficulties. It is not easy for anyone to follow his path. Even I could not understand Gandhi properly. When I read his autobiography, I was in tears. Ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi are now seen and respected everywhere in the world,” said Minister CT Ravi.
“Mysuru is a holy place where Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, who advocated democracy, ruled. Mahatma Gandhi had visited Mysuru twice. I have come from the banks of Cauvery River to the land of Goddess Chamundeshwari with a lot of dreams. I will work tirelessly. Let’s move in the path of national development,” said the director of Rangayana, Addanda C Cariappa.
Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha, Gayatri Anant Nag, Chamaraja Constituency MLA L Nagendra, joint director of Rangayana Mallikarjuna Swamy, assistant director of Kannada and Culture Department H Channappa and others were present.
Hundreds of people wearing Kodava traditional attire performed ‘Valaga aatt’ dance form. (MR/KS)