'Existence of theatre must for better society'

Theatre is very important for the better health of society, for theatre has got the capacity to refresh body and soul, opined theatre person and National School of Drama graduate S Malathi. She was speaking after inaugurating ‘Konkani Theatre Day’ celebrations under the aegis of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy in Mangalore on Wednesday.

The theatre develops leadership and qualities of equality. One can improvise his communication. Whereas there is no liveliness in cinema compared to theatre. Cinema is a business while theatre is an art media, she opined. “It is true that theatre lagged behind due to the infiltration of TV, internet and mobile phones into the lives of people in 90s. But, theatre has again started to gain people’s attention, since they are bored of  TV.

Theatre shows witness packed audience in Sagar and Thirthahalli today,” Malathi noted.
She felt for a need to encourage children in theatrical activities and creation of  Konkani plays for them.

Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy President Kasaragod Chinna lamented on the developments of theatre artists as a few have been commercialising the art in recent days and felt that theatre should make social bonds stronger.

Portraits unveiled

Portraits of Ramananda Choorya, Hosadu Babutti Naik, Charles Francis D’Costa (Chafra), who contributed to the field of theatre, were unveiled on the occasion.

Artistes feted

Meanwhile, senior Konkani theatre music director Charan Kumar, Konkani actor-organiser Vithoba Bhandarkar, theatre actress Dipali Kambadakone and Konani playwriter John Permannur were felicitated with the title of ‘Konkani Nakshatra’.

Konkani theatre directors Maxim Rodrigus, S Purushottam Talavata, Karnatka Konkani Sahitya Academy Registrar Dr B Devdas Pai were present.

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