It is reliably learnt that Kannada and Culture Minister Umashri has assured Rangayana artistes that their deputations would soon be cancelled thus signalling a possible end to the issue which had been rocking the repertory since many months.

It is reported that the Kannada and Culture Minister convened a meeting of officials of the Department at Bangalore with lasted for more than three hours and collected information from them.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Rangayana artistes led by Janardhan (Janni) and Muddukrishna, which met Umashri yesterday morning, pleaded that the 18 artistes who had been transferred to Rangayana repertories at Shimoga and Dharwad should be reinstated.

Umashri reportedly assured the delegation that the transfers will be temporarily withheld.

It is also reported that Umashri has decided to constitute a committee of artistes in her bid to re-organise and strengthen Rangayana besides forming Ranga Samaja comprising of stage artistes and former directors, thus reducing the role of bureaucrats in the functioning of the repertory.

The Kannada and Culture Minister is also said to have been urged to develop Rangayana at Dharwad and Shimoga and it is learnt that Umashri has assured the delegation that she would take an appropriate decision after holding talks with Chief Minister Siddharamaiah.

MLA K.S.Puttannaiah writes to CM

Meanwhile, Melkote MLA K.S. Puttannaiah, in a letter to Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, has urged him to ensure that the status of Rangayana should be maintained by retaining the staff as these artistes had been selected after three years of rigorous training to form a repertory under the banner ‘Pradarshana.’

He has further alleged that Ranga Samaja which should have ensured that the repertory functioned like a unified organisation, has failed to fulfil its duty by violating set norms.

Puttannaiah has further said that the artistes had a right to save Rangayana and the Government should ensure that the repertory was saved and strengthened.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore