Niranthara Theatre Fest: Aiming for social upliftment

 The ongoing theatre fest is organised by city-based theatre troupe Niranthara Foundation under the aegis of University of Mysore, Department of Kannada and Culture, Union Ministry of Culture.

Attracting theatre buffs, the Fine Arts College of University of Mysore was all decked up and cheerful, showcasing various folk art forms at the ongoing state-level Niranthara theatre fest being held between March 23 and 27. During the inaugural of the theatre fest, volunteers were seen working with enthusiasm to make the event successful.
Most of the plays staged during the fest have been dedicated to spread messages of human values under socialistic ideology. A grand music parade honoured guests during inauguration. The fest explores the genuine concern of Niranthara towards spreading relevant messages through plays.
Creating awareness on loopholes of stereotypic culture that people have adopted based o then so-called civilized culture and some religious aspects, scheduled plays aim to awaken people to understand the human values.
A five-day long theatre fest commenced on Wednesday evening with a cooler weather after Mysureans being plagued by scorching Sun from past several weeks. The entire campus of Fine Arts College of University of Mysore was bathed in a festive mood. Mysureans trickled in to enjoy the theatre fest.The beats of folklore music itself invited audience from all age groups to attend the fest.
The Vice-Chancellor of University of Mysore Prof K S Rangappa who inaugurated the function said that being a scientist, he has always stood in favour of social empowerment and development of the nation based on its scientific temperament. “Education alone cannot help in personality development. Good culture is essential to accomplish overall growth, which includes individual development and social empowerment. An involvement of students in co-curricular activities like sports and theatric performances will develop the personalities of students,” he said.
He also said that theatre creates effective awareness among the audience, making them understand facts in an easy manner.
Senior theatre person Prof Gangadhar Swamy, Writer T K Dayanand, Niranthara Foundation director Prasad Kunduru were present.

Play schedule
On March 24, Oresthis Puraana, directed by Venkataramana Aitala, based on Aeschelues’s Orestiya Triology novel,
On March 25, Mruthyunjaya, directed by Shripad Bhat, based on Niranjan’s novel,
On March 26, Rudaali, directed by Dr Rameshwari Varma, based on Jnanapeeta awardee Mahashwetadevi’s novel,
On March 27, Sorutihudu Sambandha, written and directed by Mahaantesh Ramadurga.

All the plays start at 7 pm at the Fine Arts College premises, University of Mysore.

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