The credit for reviving theatre goes to the amateur groups, said Folklore expert Prof. P.K. Rajashekar. He was speaking after inaugurating Amateur Theatre Festival organised at Bhoomigeeta Rangamandira here last evening.

Prof. Rajashekar said that theatre companies in Karnataka came into being after following the influence of Marathi theatre. As the days passed, they lost their existence by staging frivolous plays. At this time it was amateur theatre groups which pumped new life for the theatre culture.

“Mysore has always supported theatre activities since years. The then ruler Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar supported theatre activities by starting Sri Chamarajendra Nataka Sabha which staged many plays”, he added.

Prof. Rajashekar also expressed his disappointment over the closure of Gubbi Theatre Company which introduced great actors such as Dr. Rajkumar, Narasimharaju and B. Jayashri among others.

He appreciated the role of amateur theatre groups saying that the plays staged by various groups have been of great influence on common people who are being attracted to theatre. He also mentioned that it was important to support people involved in theatre activities.

Later, Intimate Theatre Group staged Rajappa Dalvoy authored play ‘Ondu Bogase Neeru’, directed by Prashanth. Kannada and Culture Commissioner K.R. Ramakrishna, who is also Rangayana in-charge Director, presided. Amateur Theatre Fest convenor K. Anju Singh was present.

The following plays will be staged during the fest:

June 16 : Kurukshetra (Mythological)

June 23 : Muddannana Pramotion Prasanga

June 30 : T. Prasannana Gruhastashrama

July 7 : Baduku Bayalu

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore