Three-day theatre festival at Kalamandira

Kadamba Rangavedike, in association with Department of Kannada and Culture, Bengaluru, is organising Kadamba-Rangavali – a three-day theatre fest at Kalamandira starting tomorrow.

The theatre fest will have three plays ‘Mithuna’ by Rangabhoomi, Kodagu, ‘Seeta Charita’ by Antaranga Trust and ‘Berilladavaru’ by Kadamba Rangavedike on January 2, 3 and 4 respectively. All the plays are scheduled at 7 pm.

Speaking after inaugurating the fest at Maneyangala on Sunday, Regional Director, National School of Drama, Bengaluru, Suresh Anagalli expressed concern over theatre  not being recognised on par with other fields and foresaw its extinction if theatre artistes don’t buck up.

“Unlike in other fields, there aren’t experts in theatre and no artiste so far has received Jnanpeetha award. This is because there wasn’t much criticism in the theatre and the acts fail to enter records, thus dying the next day,” he said.

He pointed that theatre art has undergone a huge shift thus becoming incident-oriented rather than story-telling medium. Anagalli called upon all the artistes to join hands to develop theatre art and its essence.

Senior theatre artiste Dr N Ratna, Kadamba Vedike president Rajshekhar Kadamba, former Kannada Sahitya Parishat president M Chandrashekar and Armature Theatre Artistes’ Association president Suresh Babu were present.

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