Acting skills on centre stage

Ranga sinchana

Involved: A scene from Kirigoorina Gayyaligalu.

The theatre club, Ranga Sinchana, has been producing numerous talented students every year for the past 10 years.

Started by the faculty members of Kannada Department in 2001, the aim of the club is to evoke interest in theatre and folk arts among the students.

Professor C Manjunath and Subramanya Swamy of Kannada Department have taken special interest in expanding the activities of the club.

The audition process to select the members will take place in July or August.

 “In the selection process, we look for acting, singing and dancing skills among the students. We choose them based on their performance. Once the selection gets over, we get them trained by professionals,” says Manjunath.

Theatre persons like Pramod Shiggav, Rajesh Kanagodu, KSDL Chandru, Nataraj Honnavalli have conducted a month-long workshop and training classes to hone the talents of the students.

PU College Principal K S Anuradha, Degree College Principal K S Bharathi and Director T L Shanta were instrumental in the development of the club.

Students need not pay a single penny to become a member as all the monetary requirements are met by the management.

“Whenever there is a show, the management bears all the expenses. They provide food and transport facility for all the participants. All the members are like a family and we go for outings often,” says Manjunath.

The club has been taking part in Bharatha Yatra Kendra, a drama competition, conducted by Nataka Academy, Kannada and Culture Department and Bangalore University every year at Ravindra Kalakshetra.

And the club has won the ‘Best Women Team Award’ for eight consecutive years.

The team had taken part in various inter-collegiate drama competitions and bagged many awards.

Subramanya Swamy says he is proud of the achievements of the students. “The former members of Ranga Sinchana have pursued  careers in anchoring, RJing etc,” he says.

Some of the plays performed by students, Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu, Karvalo, Dharmava, ‘Court Martial’, ‘Dore Oedipus’, have received huge appreciation.

Sumithra A, a post-graduate student who has been associated with the club for four years, says that it has been a wonderful experience.

“I am proud to be part of Ranga Sinchana. I have acted in plays like ‘Court Martial’, Shri Ramadhanya, Karvalo and others. Along with improving my acting skills, I have gained much confidence in life,” she says.

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