Having dedicated nearly 25 years to theatre activities in Mysore, we can never see the troupe broken, said Noor Ahmed Sheik, one of the 12 Rangayana artistes moved out of Mysore, as their protest continued for the third day yesterday with support from theatre lovers, writers and thinkers.
During the protest in front of Kindarajogi statue at Kalamandira premises, they covered the mouth of the statue also with a black cloth, with an art work by Badal Nanjundaswamy depicting Kindarajogi holding a black flag against the Government.
With MLA H.S. Shankaralingegowda too extending support to the striking atristes, they have decided to go on an indefinite strike in front of Rangayana to save the artistes from being transferred besides the very existence of Rangayana.
They alleged that the officials were acting against the interest of Rangayana and added that they had gone to the extent of removing the Director, who stood by them only to terrorise the artistes and shouted slogans against the officials.
Stage artistes Muddukrishna, H.S.Umesh, Rajashekar Kadamba, Dr. K. Kalachannegowda and others who took part in the protest demanded the immediate reinstatement of Dr. B.V.Rajaram as Rangayana Director besides cancelling the transfer of Rangayana artistes to repertories in Shimoga and Dharwad.
Weekend play called off
Adding salt to the injuries of Rangayana artistes who are protesting against the sacking of its Director and transferring of 12 artistes, Rangayana Deputy Director Nirmala Matapathi has cancelled the staging of ‘Beechi Bullets’ as part of the weekend play at 6.30 pm today.
It is reported, Nirmala has pasted notices on the quarters of artistes asking them not to stage the play as they had been transferred besides arranging ‘Natana’ troupe led by actor Mandya Ramesh to stage the play ‘Chora Charanadasa’.
However, Rangayana artistes announced that they would go ahead with staging of ‘Beechi Bullets’, though on the streets near Rangayana and added that the weekend play, which was being held for the past 10 years, will not be stopped.
Meanwhile, Dr. B.V. Rajaram along with some artistes is learnt to have left for Bangalore to meet the Governor and officials of Kannada and Culture Department to apprise them about the situation.
Courtesy : Star Of Mysore