'Kodagu theatre can be revived if it gets aid'

Theatre artiste Jefry Changappa being felicitated at World Theatre Day celebrations. DH Photo

Neenasam had achieved success with the financial assistance from the government. The theatre activities in Kodagu can be revived only if it gets financial assistance, said litterateur and critic K P Balasubrahmanya.

He was speaking after inaugurating the World Theatre Day celebrations organised jointly by Srishti Kodagu Ranga, Press Club and Karnataka Nataka Academy at Press Club on Sunday.

“If theatre artistes try to involve themselves as a team for staging a programme, then they can achieve success. However, without team work, if an individual tries to achieve, then he will fail. Theatres have made changes over the years. Theatre is continuous process,” he said.

“In the past, few philosophers had said that drama is filled with lies. No country has achieved happiness with drama. However, drama tells us how a humanbeing should be.

Acting is part of life. We can provide justice to the theatre only when we involve ourselves in a character, which requires effort and dedication,” he added.
Madikeri Akashavani Director Indira Gajaraj released ‘cheethe,’ a Kodava play. Stressing the need to create interest among children on theatre activities, she said without theatre activities, life is a waste. “There is a need to include play in curriculam. Few attempts are being made in English medium schools to create an awareness on plays,” she added.

Press Club Vice-President G Rajendra said not much support is being given by the government for the survival of theatre activities.

Senior Theatre Artiste Jefry Changappa was felicitated on the occasion.

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