At the age when innovative advertisements were just being talked of, the only way for the theatres; be it professional or amateur drama or films, to woo the audience was posters.
Bahuroopi gives the visitors an opportunity to peek into the erstwhile reign of posters, with a dedicated expo. Posters of types are put on display under a make-shift arrangement at the entrance of the repertory.
Beginning from the play ‘The Voysey Inheritance’ in the back drop of newspaper, the exhibits continue with that of Vaganth World Poetry Festival- A centenary tribute to Nehru in Bharat Bhavan, January 11-17, 1989, Hippolytos of Vasilio, a Rangayana production, Hansanee (Originally Seagull by Antony Chekov) a NSD production, translated to Hindi by Rajendra Yadav and directed by Ramgopal Bajaj, year 1988, Festival of Music, Dance and Drama, Ravindra Kalakshetra year 1989 among others.
For many, especially youngsters, here is an introduction to a theatre legend B V Karanth.
The theatre doyen had directed Urdu play; Chhote Saiyid, Bade Saiyid a NSD production. It was on the late mughal rulers.
The posters of William Shakespeare’s popular play ‘Hamlet’ and our own Prithvi Festival way back in the year 1990 are also on display.
The visitors can also explore the world of Kannada playwrights with the plays in the form of books displayed in another corner of the exhibition.
The credit goes to Ankegowda Prathishtana, Pandavapura in Mandya district with maximum number of books in its collection from mythological to comedy, etc.