In an interesting development, Rangayana artistes yesterday called off their ten-day-old indefinite strike and relay hunger strike launched to save the repertory under the banner of Sahiti Kalavidhara Okkoota but said that they would return with more strength to get justice against their deputation and sacking of Director Dr. B.V. Rajaram.

They said that their protest had failed to attract the attention of political parties which were busy in election related activities besides failing to come to the notice of the government due to model code of conduct being in force. They added that Rajaram had approached Governor H.R. Bhardwaj as well as the Election Commission regarding the issue.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the artistes, who had been deputed to repertories in Shimoga and Dharwad, had reported for duty at respective Rangayanas on Mar. 26 and went on leave till Mar.31 to take part in the strike.

On the concluding day, theatre personality Kuldeep, Lakshminarayan Nagavara of DSS, J.P. Basavaraj, members of RLHP organisation participated in the hunger strike. Rangayana artistes are reported to have decided to seek more support including signature campaigns to get their grievances addressed.

With these developments, it is unlikely that the crisis haunting Rangayana in city will come to an end before the Assembly polls.

Director was aware of deputations

Meanwhile, Ranga Samaja members T.S.Nagabharana, Sripathi Manjana Bailu, D.N.Damodar Shetty and N.Srinivas yesterday said that the then Rangayana Director Dr. B.V.Rajaram was aware of the deputations of Rangayana artistes to Shimoga and Dharwad during the month of May 2012 itself. In a press release, they said that Dr. Rajaram had been asked by the Secretary of the Dept. of Kannada and Culture to give a report listing the names of the artistes who could be deputed to Dharwad and Shimoga to which Rajaram had reportedly not responded besides neglecting to act on the reminder given by the Secretary in this regard.

Rajaram did not oppose the deputation but only asked for postponing the process which led to the eventual deputation of the artistes, they said.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore