'Don't deny gen next the slice of our culture'

Delivering a valedictory address at the state-level third Ranga Sangeetha Sammelan here on Monday, he said more and more cultural activities should be taken up with the objective of keeping the art alive. The mythological and historical plays which were given more importance at the rural areas, have begun to lose its luster in the recent days, he lamented.

Though many activities were seen in the amateur theatre, it is not technically closer to the professional theatre in the fields of music, sound and others. The historical and mythological plays have selected the best from the classical and folk arts and have developed and improvised the same with a touch of its own style.

Earlier, Natak Academy President B V Rajaram felicitated Nataka sahitya awardee Puttaswamaiah, Srikantegowda and others who had excelled in the field of art, on the occasion.

He also lamented that professional theatre has become unorganised and the need of the hour is to unity among artistes who have scattered under one banner. Steps should be taken to construct theatre halls (Ranga Mandiras) at the rural areas, he stated. The Natak Academy is also planning to bring out a book on ‘Theatre and Women’, which was discussed at the first women’s theatre conference held in November. Theatre artiste Mallappa, Reception Committee President B Shivalingaiah, Convention president D M Lakshmaiah and others were present.

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