Nagabharana lauds his 'meshtru' Karanth

Director T S Nagabharana opined that theatre personality Babukodi Venkataramana Karanth (B V Karanth) provided different visions to a single play.

Speaking at a seminar on B V Karanth at Rangayana, as part of Sampada Parshe, organised by Spandana in association with Kannada and cultural department, here on Sunday. He said, Karanth was a theatre director who possessed enough skills to arrest the attention of his audience in each of the shows.

Refering to Karanth as ‘meshtru,’ he said, Karanth had new ideas to be implemented in each show of the same play. Many of the artistes initially worried about the changes made in the plays at the last moment, would be happy about the successful outcome later. Every show was an experiment for him.

Observing that Karanth was a man who had involved himself in continuous creativity, he said that the former stressed on inputs from the whole team for a show’s success.
He noted that Karanth had directed plays in many languages. He actually overcame the strict tradition of theatre, but retained the essence of plays.

Present scenario

Commenting on present movies and soap operas on television, he said sound was purposelessly used in them while Karanth made use of the aspects in an effective way.
Elaborating on plays, he said with time some of them lose their importance while many of them remain important at all times. “Karanth’s plays do have that quality,” Nagabharan said.

Great personalities
Theatre person C Basavalingaiah described Varadachar, Gubbi Veeranna and B V Karanth as great personalities of theatre.

He said Karanth believed that theatre is a medium through which awareness could be created, unwanted things could be protested and it is a revolutionary medium.
Writer Na Damodar Shetty, MP B Jayashree, actor Mandya Ramesh and others were present.

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