“Despite my growth in career to any height, I can never forget theatre and people of the city,” reiterated multi-lingual actor Prakash Rai.

He was speaking after releasing the book ‘Kanavarike’ written by actor and theatrist Mandya Ramesh at a programme organised at the Humanities Block auditorium in Manasagangotri here yesterday.

Reminiscing his theatre days, Prakash Rai said that 25 years ago, himself and Ramesh began to get groomed in theatre. He lauded Ramesh in setting up the Natana troupe who has also turned a writer by penning down a few very interesting moments of his life, which was actually his third book.

Ramesh expressing happiness on the momentous occasion thanked Prakash for releasing the book.

Prasaranga Director C. Naganna also spoke on the occasion.

Puttannaiah turns humorist

Raitha Sangha leader and MLA K.S. Puttannaiah participating in the programme was a different person turning a humorist and quipping on various topics.

Referring to Ramesh, Puttannaiah said “It appears that our Mandya boy is growing younger and younger day-by-day to prove that age too can go on reverse gear!” The audience went into raptures.

Taking a dig at the government policy, Puttannaiah said, “A kg of human hair costs Rs. 5,400 while a tonne of sugarcane is priced at Rs. 1,600 and it is better farmer grows hair!

Referring to another policy of the government where a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh would be paid to the family of a farmer if he died of snake bite, Puttannaiah said, “I asked a snake why it bites only farmers and invited the snake to come to Vidhana Soudha where many people are there to bite.” The snake replied “I am scared to come there as there are many huge ‘snakes’ at Vidhana Soudha!” The audience burst into laughter.

Later Puttannaiah recalled his short stint at theatre and its travails. He regretted that humour was missing among people today.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore