Bahuroopi to focus on Shakespeare

The annual festival to begin toady is expected to attract theatre enthusiasts in hordes

Bahuroopi to focus on Shakespeare

While Rangayana premises is lively throughout the year, there is a striking vibrancy at the venue at the moment, as it is the time for Bahuroopi Theatre Festival again.

Ever since the inception of the theatre festival in 2001, Bahuroopi has continued to attract theatre enthusiasts in large numbers, year after year.

The theme of the theatre festival in 2014 -- Sufi-Saint-Harmony, recognised the various art forms of Sufi saints and their contributions to society. Bahuroopi-2015, which will kick off from today, however aims to pay tribute to William Shakespeare on his 450th birth anniversary, arguably the best playwright in history.

Ticket sales
Even before the formal inauguration of the festival, ticket sales were in full swing at Rangayana premises on Monday. With acclaimed actor Naseeruddin Shah scheduled to perform at the inaugural in a play titled ‘Beastly Tales’, tickets for the play were sold out the sales counter early in the day itself. Only a handful of tickets for the play were available online.

Rangayana Director, H Janardhan said that sales of tickets were progressing in full swing, with theatre enthusiasts making a beeline for the tickets at Rangayana.

Events
The five day national theatre festival will provide several avenues for art enthusiasts, with several programmes being held throughout the five days. From movie buffs to Yakshagana fans, the festival has been planned in a manner to cater to all.

First day
While official inauguration of the theatre festival, in which Shah is scheduled to inaugurate, will be held at 5 pm, film festival, being held as part of Bahuroopi will be inaugurated during the morning. Chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy will inaugurate the same.

Street plays will also be held during the five days of the festival at the venue. On the first day, Janamana troupe will perform a play at 5.30 pm. During the day, only one play will be staged at Kalamandira at 7 pm, in which Shah will perform for the first time in the city.

Seminar
A national seminar on Shakespeare and various facets of his literature will be held in January 17. Sessions on ‘Shakespeare - Creative Response’, ‘Shakespeare in Kannada’ and ‘Governance and Politics in Shakespeare’s Plays’ are among the themes of the seminar. A folk festival to be held at the venue, will be inaugurated on Jan 14.
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