The show begins today at Rangayana

Feast of theatre, music to treat cognoscenti of arts from November 22 to 25

Here is a piece of good news for cognoscenti of arts. Beginning from November 22 a four-day feast of theatre; both on and off stage has been organised at Rangayana in the city .

‘Sampada (Samskrithi, Parampare and Darshana) and Parshe 2012’ a jatha of cultural troupes has been arranged from Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Mysore Palace north gate on the day at 4 pm. The procession will culminate at Kalamandira, where the inaugural session has been arranged outside the auditorium at 6 pm. Renowned theatre artiste Enagi Balappa will preside over the session with medical education and district in-charge minister S A Ramdas inaugurating the same.

Minister for Kannada and Culture Govinda M Karajola will release the souvenir, while deputy commissioner P S Vastrad, chairman of Kautilya Vidyalaya R Raghu, actor Mandya Ramesh, chairman of Pu Thi Na Prathishtan Prabhushankar and head of Deenabandhu Prathishtan, Chamarajanagar, G S Jaidev are among the chief guests.

The opening ceremony will be followed by cultural treat with Pichchalli Srinivas and troupe rendering folk songs at Koujalagi Ningavva stage (the area in front of Kalamandira) and staging of ‘Sri Krishna Parijaata’ by Mallikarjun Mudakavi and troupe (Dadanatti).
The stage at Kalamandira named after Peer Saab will host all time hit ‘Sadarame’ a Kannada play written by Bellave Narahari Shastri, directed by B Jayashri. Artistes of Spandana, Bangalore will stage the play at 7 pm. At the same time, Praveen Godkhindi and troupe will render ‘Krishna Fusion’ at Dr Gangubai Hanagal Stage (Vanaranga).


Following day November 23, the fest begins with a talk on the doyen of theatre- Varadachar at Srirang at 10 am. Sudheendra Sharma and M G Nagaraj will talk on the topic with Na Damodar Shetty as interpreter. Basavarajappa Neelappa Hadagali and troupe will render ‘Gee gee pada’ in front of Kalamandira at 5 pm, followed by ‘Nazarana laavaneecha’ by Santosh Kolhe from Pune at 6 pm. Artistes of Dapon D Mirror, Assam will stage ‘Kine Kon’ (multilingual) at Kalamandira t 7 pm.

The play is written and directed by Pabitra Rabha. Vice-chancellor of University of Mysore Prof V G Talawar will be present. Artistes Sumathi and Srividya troupe will render soofi and khayyal-jugalbandi at Vanaranga at 7 pm. Vice-chancellor of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) Prof K S Rangappa will be present.

On November 24, director of Rangayana B V Rajaram and Devadas Kalasada will talk on ‘Gubbi Veeranna’ another doyen of Kannada theatre at Sriranga at 10 am. Bouravva Kashappa Bhagannavara and troupe will render chowdike pada in front of Kalamandira at 5 pm, folowed by staging of ‘Purulia chow’ by Raas Bihari and troupe (West Bengal) at 6 pm. It will be followed by the release of ‘Marethenendare mareyali hyanga’.
Sri Panditaradhya Swamiji graces the occasion along with union minister for energy Veerappa Moily. Artistes of Rangamantapa, Bangalore will stage ‘Gandhi banda’ (Kannada) at Kalamandira at 7 pm.

It is adapted into theatre and directed by Champa Shetty. Kalavathi Avadhoot and troupe will render carnatic classical music concert at Vanaranga at 7 pm.

On November 25 the session will begin with a talk on ‘B V Karant’ an ace theatre artiste and founder director of Rangayana, at 10 am. Renowned film director T S Nagabharana and former Rangayana director C Basavalingaiah will talk on the stalwart with Na Damodar Shetty as interpreter. Poornachandra Das from West Bengal will present ‘Boul geeth’ in front of Kalamandira at 5 pm followed by doll show by Antharavalli Ramana Goudru (Gombi Gowdru) at 6 pm. It will be followed by the release of B V Karanth’s ‘Here I cannot stay, there I cannot go’. Mysore MP A H Vishwanath, director of National School of Drama (NSD) New Delhi Anuradha Kapoor and jnanpith award winning laureate
Chandrashekar Kambar will be present.

‘Satya Shodhak’ a Marathi play by J P Desphande will be staged by the artistes of PMC, Pune at 7 pm at Kalamandira. It is directed by Atul Sait. Talavadya by Hanur R Ananthakrishna Sharma and troupe is at 7 pm at Vanaranga.
The entry fee for the plays and concerts is fixed at Rs 40.

There will also be an exhibition cum sale of handicrafts, books and CDs throughout the fest.

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